For millions of Americans, dental anxiety is a very real thing. As many as twenty percent of adults – and that’s one out of every five – cope with anxiety so bad, they avoid going to the dentist entirely. And that is a serious matter, because they are putting their dental health at risk. If you are among this group, the sedation options provided by Mason Dental in Grapevine may be just what you need.
There are lots of reasons why people are gripped with dental anxiety. Common issues include fear of injections, and the fear of the after effects of injections. Sometimes people without dental anxiety dismiss it as irrational, but to those coping with it, it is very real indeed. That is how we view it at Mason Dental.
We offer our patients two options: nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
- Nitrous oxide. You probably know this as “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years. It may or may not make you laugh, but it is safe and effective. It also wears off quickly.
- IV Sedation. This, as its name indicates, is a sedative that is administered intravenously. It will make you sleep, and when you wake up your dental work will be finished.
The safety and comfort of our patients is always uppermost in our minds. “We do bring in an oral surgeon who is specifically certified and trained for those procedures,” says Dr. Mason.
Skipping checkups and cleanings puts your dental health at risk. Sedation dentistry is valuable, because it can get you into the dentist’s chair when your instincts may be to avoid it. Better to have a little help getting through your procedure than getting a mouth full of cavities, or worse.
Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Call Mason Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Grapevine and ask about sedation dentistry options. We treat conditions like gum disease, and provide general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Ask us about smile designs, and make an appointment today.
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