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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
April 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from seeing your dentist regularly.sedation dentistry

We know that most people don’t exactly feel all warm and fuzzy inside at the prospect of visiting their dentist. However, if you find yourself breaking out into a cold sweat because of fear, it might be time you talked to our Fresno, CA, sedation dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

The purpose of sedation is to help keep you feeling calm and collected during your next dental visit. Whether you have a serious dental procedure coming up or you just have an immense fear of getting a dental cleaning, our Fresno dentist can help you determine whether sedation is the best way to alleviate your dental worries and to make your next trip a breeze.

What types of sedation are out there?

While many people think of sedation dentistry as and often call it sleep dentistry, these are very different. Sedation has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety during your dental procedure. It may make you feel tired. Some patients may actually fall asleep, but the difference between sedation dentistry and general anesthesia is that the patient won’t be completely knocked out. A simple nudge will awaken someone under sedation.

The are three types of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”)
  • Oral sedation
  • IV sedation

The type of sedation you receive will depend on a variety of factors such as your level of anxiety and how in-depth your dental procedure will be. Oral sedation tends to be the most common option because it’s easy to increase the dose to provide you with the anxiety relief you need. Nitrous oxide may also be a great option for those who want to experience a stress-free visit without the groggy after effects that can sometimes come with oral sedation. Chat with our dentist about your options.

Are you interested in getting sedation dentistry during your next dental procedure? If so, then it’s time you called our Fresno, CA, dental office and find out if you could be a good candidate for sedation.

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