It is common for people to be nervous about a dental appointment, especially if it has been a long time since their last appointment. If you have a fear of the dentist or are anxious about upcoming dental treatments, ADA approved sedation dentistry could be right for you. Your Carlsbad dentist has a variety of techniques that can relax you and eliminate your anxiety during your next visit.
Some patients with anxiety about seeing the dentist neglect their oral health by missing routine cleanings and exams. Doing so results in greater problems that ultimately still need to be addressed. Prevention is the most important aspect of oral health and neglecting your teeth only leads to bigger problems and more invasive treatments.
Talking with your dentist in La Jolla is a great way to reduce anxiety over a treatment. Having a better understanding of what will happen during your visit leaves you more relaxed, knowing that you are in expert hands. Patients who communicate well with their dentist often are much less anxious and find they do not need sedation after all.
In cases of extreme anxiety, consulting with your Carlsbad dentist before the procedure will help you determine if sedation is appropriate for you. Depending on which sedation you choose, you might need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the appointment since some of the stronger forms of sedation take hours to wear off completely, leaving it unsafe for you to drive.
While some forms of sedation dentistry have been proven safe even for children, there are some pre-existing conditions could prevent even adults from being able to certain forms of sedation dentistry. Therefore, it is important to make sure to discuss your medical history with your dentist during your consultation.
If you have other questions regarding sedation dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment at Dr. Sandler’s La Costa dental office, call (858) 345-4497 to speak with our friendly staff.