How Sedation Dentistry Can Help With Dental Anxiety

by Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD | Jun 27, 2019

Do you get nervous when thinking about the dentist? Have you been putting off necessary dental work since you fear the pain of dental procedures? You’re not alone. According to the American Dental Association, over 30% of people put off necessary dental work due to their fears. Putting off dental work may cause tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth injury and loss, and for many patients, serious dental health ailments such as TMJD. We provide sedation dentistry for individuals that can have nervousness about their procedures. Sedation dentistry may be used for each sort of dental hygiene ranging from an easy tooth cleaning to surgical dental implant processes.

What’s Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a form of dentistry which uses medicine to assist patients to unwind and have a nervousness free encounter during their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who are scared of the dentist, giving them the capability to have necessary dental work done, but without any pain or fear. During sedation dentistry, patients receive a sedative drug, such as tranquilizers, or anti nervousness drugs. These drugs are taken orally or delivered via an IV. Nearly all these drugs permit the patient to remain awake, but in a pain-free state, throughout their procedure.

Sedation dentistry is very safe when administered by seasoned professionals. At Dr. Mueller’s office, we are board certified and licensed to administer dental sedation. Depending upon the process or procedure you are having, sedation may last just a few minutes to a few hours. While sedation dentistry is extremely safe, there are several patients who should talk to Dr. Mueller to see if sedation dentistry is a great option for them. Some health conditions, including obstructive anti snoring and obesity, may cause complications from the anesthesia used throughout sedation.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mueller and his team at The Doctors Implants in Wichita Falls, TX.

About the Author

Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD

Dr. Andrew Mueller loves being an oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. After completing both dental and then medical school, he did a general surgery residency and an oral/maxillofacial surgery residency (both at Parkland hospital in Dallas, Texas). He has performed countless general anesthetics in the operating room, learning how to safely put patients to sleep and wake them back up.