Anxiolysis At Symmetry Dental
Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be stressful. You can conquer your fears while caring for your stunning smile with sedation dentistry at Symmetry Dental.
Dr. Adatia and our experienced team of dental professionals are committed to your safety and comfort. That’s why we offer oral and nitrous oxide sedation for anxiety, also known as anxiolysis, so your appointment is as relaxed as possible. With the aid of sedation, we’ll help you stick to healthy oral hygiene habits and make your semiannual cleanings easy.
What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety can make your necessary check-ups and cleanings uncomfortable. For many people, going to the dentist isn’t just unpleasant — it’s scary.
Dental anxiety ranges from nervousness about visiting the dentist to odontophobia, an extreme fear of dentist appointments. The symptoms of odontophobia include:
- Increased heart rate
- Shallow breathing
- Avoiding the dentist
Unfortunately, avoiding your regular dental appointments and cleanings can lead to serious health consequences including gum disease, tooth loss, and more. Talk to Dr. Adatia to discover how you can break the cycle of dental anxiety symptoms with dental sedation.
Dental Sedation Options
Creating a comfortable environment during your appointment is a top priority at Symmetry Dental. Together, you and Dr. Adatia will discuss your concerns to choose the right sedation option for you.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a light sedative that you inhale through a mask that goes over your nose and mouth. You’ll be conscious during your procedure, but you’ll feel relaxed and likely won’t remember the treatment later. Nitrous oxide provides several benefits, including:
- Anxiety relief
- Passes the time quicker
- Helps you stay still
- No needles or injections
Fortunately, nitrous oxide won’t make you sleepy afterward. You’ll even be able to drive to and from your appointment by yourself.
Oral Conscious Sedatives
If you have sensitive teeth, an easily triggered gag reflex, or extreme odontophobia, discover how these pills or liquid sedatives can change your dentist visits.
While you’ll be awake and responsive during your procedure, you likely won’t feel anything or remember much of it afterward. Because this is a heavier sedative than nitrous oxide, you’ll need someone to accompany you to your dentist appointment and give you a ride home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry
Our patients who have adverse reactions to the dentist, like anxiety or nausea, find that sedation dentistry helps them stay up-to-date with necessary cleanings and appointments. If you want to feel more relaxed during your dental appointment, talk to Dr. Adatia about our sedation dentistry options.
How long your sedation lasts depends on which option you choose. Depending on your treatment, you’ll feel the effects of sedatives for 2 to 6 hours. Dr. Adatia will give you more specific details during your preliminary appointment.
Your health and safety while under sedation is our biggest priority. Rest assured, a member of our experienced dental staff will be monitoring your vital signs at all times throughout your procedure.
Get Quality Dental Care at Symmetry Dental
At Symmetry Dental, we believe our patients have the right to a comfortable dental visit. Find a solution to your dental anxiety symptoms by contacting us at 403-271-2661. We’ll happily answer any questions you have about dental sedation and how it can improve your experience.