What is Dental Phobia and How Anaesthetic Helps

A survey has suggested that around 15% of Americans have such a great fear of going to the dentist that they avoid even routine dental care. This actually works against them because when a person misses routine checkups then dental problems can escalate into tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems that require much more invasive treatment than a routine checkup and clean.

At Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, the surgeons are fully aware of the apprehension some have over the types of procedures that they perform. However, because of the extensive training that they have received in anesthesia and sedation, even the most invasive treatment can be performed without pain. 

What is Dental Phobia?

Dental phobia is a type of anxiety that is specifically related to the thoughts and feelings of going to the dentist. One estimate suggests that as many as three-quarters of all Americans have some degree of dental fear. And of those, 10% have such great anxiety that it can be classified as dental phobia.

How does anesthesia help?

There are two benefits of anesthesia and sedation. Firstly, the medicine prevents physical pain and secondly, the medicine helps you to relax and sleep. At Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, you will have an opportunity to discuss the best type of anesthesia with the surgeons during the preoperative consultations. You can be confident that you will have a comfortable experience.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is a treatment that numbs a specific area in the mouth before a procedure. At Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, the surgeons use this type of treatment when performing a tooth extraction, or they combine it with another type of sedation for more advanced surgery.

Laughing gas

Laughing gas is also known as nitrous oxide. If this type of treatment is right for you, a mask will be placed over your nose during the dental procedure. You will remain conscious during the procedure and feel very relaxed. Also, the physical discomfort will be reduced as the gas has an analgesic effect. As soon as the mask is removed the effects of the gas will wear off.

IV sedation

This type of treatment puts you into an extremely relaxed state. It can be described as floating between consciousness and unconsciousness. The strength of the sedation can be adjusted according to your needs. This type of treatment is combined with a local anesthetic as IV sedation does not block pain

General anesthesia 

General anesthesia is the strongest type of anesthesia available. With this type of treatment, you will sleep throughout the dental surgery. It is administered through a combination of intravenous and gaseous forms. You will also not feel any pain as the treatment blocks any pain receptors.

Is anesthesia or sedation right for me?

With so many options available your surgeon will be able to find a treatment for you to have a comfortable and relaxed surgery. Be sure to tell your surgeon of any allergies, health conditions or other drugs, vitamins or supplements that you are taking regularly. It’s also important to know if any of your family has had an allergic reaction to anesthesia.

If you are to have a dental treatment then make sure that you follow your surgeon’s instructions about eating and drinking before the surgery. After all, these are there for your own safety.

If you need an expert oral surgeon with experience in anesthesia then call Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology or schedule a consultation online today.

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