Did you know as many as 20% of Americans avoid dental treatment because of anxiety or fear? Ryan Foroutan, DDS, of Newport Beach Dentistry, understands the toll that dental anxiety can take on your dental health, and offers sedation dentistry as an option for men and women. Schedule an appointment today to learn how a sedative can help you get the dental care you need. Online booking is available, or you can simply call the Newport Beach, California, office.
Few people relish the thought of time in the dental chair, but for some, the mere idea of dental treatment creates intense fear and anxiety.
That can make it hard to get the preventive and restorative care you need, and can also prevent you from exploring the benefits of today’s cosmetic procedures.
While a certain degree of apprehension surrounding dental visits is perfectly normal, when anxiety rises to the level that it prevents you from coming in for cleanings and exams, it’s time to take action.
The most extreme form of dental anxiety is known as dental phobia. Men and women who suffer from dental phobia will go to great lengths to avoid dental visits, and will often wait until they suffer extreme pain before booking an appointment.
By that time, the damage or decay has often progressed to the point that the tooth or teeth cannot be saved.
Sedation dentistry is an approach that uses medication to help you relax during your dental procedure.
You may have heard the term “sleep dentistry” used to describe this approach. That phrase is inaccurate, as most sedation dentistry techniques do not cause a complete loss of consciousness.
If you have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can make your appointments far easier to navigate. Sedatives can help you get through routine dental exams and cleanings, restorative treatments, or even cosmetic procedures.
In many cases, the team at Newport Beach Dentistry can combine more than one treatment during your appointment. That makes the most of your time, and also keeps your costs low by requiring only one round of sedation.
Newport Beach Dentistry offers multiple sedation tools to choose from, and the team will discuss the pros and cons of each option before you make a decision.
Inhaled minimal sedation, also called “laughing gas,” is a common choice. The degree of sedation can be easily adjusted, and the effects wear off quickly once your procedure is complete.
Oral sedation is another approach, and involves taking a pill prior to your appointment. The medication helps you relax throughout your procedure, while still allowing you to respond to Dr. Foroutan’s instructions.
Sedation dentistry is not commonly available in Newport Beach, and many doctors in the area do not offer this as an option. If you have questions or concerns about these or other forms of sedation dentistry, book a consultation at Newport Beach Dentistry today to learn more.