As long as dentistry has been around, people have been fearful of it—and understandably so. We’ve been using tricks to reduce pain for thousands of years, but sedation to help with anxiety has only developed in the last couple centuries. Nitrous oxide was discovered in 1772 but wasn’t considered for use in dentistry for at least 20 years following. IV sedation wasn’t practiced until the 20th century.
The most common reasons people seek sedation are fear and anxiety. However, there are other factors that might make sedation a desirable choice for you. Maybe you have a bad gag reflex. Maybe you have a small mouth or suffer from TMJ pain that makes it uncomfortable to hold your mouth open. Maybe you have a physical or developmental disability that makes receiving dental care difficult.
If you’re ready to change the way you feel about dental care, contact your New Lenox sedation dentist, Dr. Etchison, Dr. Pycinska, or Dr. Eberhardt at Nelson Ridge Family Dental today!
“Laughing gas” helps take the edge off routine visits or more extensive treatments. The lightest form of sedation, the effects wear off shortly after and you can drive yourself home.
Oral sedation is a prescription sedative that’s heavier than nitrous and is taken an hour before your appointment. Oral sedation is great for moderate anxiety and lengthy appointments.
We completely understand why people avoid seeing the dentist. We get it! But we also understand the importance of regular dental care to maintain oral health and total wellness. Only we have the training, tools, and technology to remove tartar buildup, assess and treat gum disease, and catch small problems before they progress.
Left unchecked, small problems turn into larger, more painful, and more complex problems that become more expensive and difficult to treat. The less time you want to spend in our chair, the more we encourage you to come in for your regular cleanings and checkups. We promise to do everything we can to make you comfortable.