Have you heard of odontophobia? This fear of dentistry and receiving dental care is more common than you might think. It is estimated that 75 % – a full three quarters of all Americans – experience some level of nervousness or anxiety surrounding dental care. For 5 to 10 percent of the population, this fear of the dentist is so severe that they’ll avoid going for care entirely.
Everyone needs dental care. We all have teeth, and keeping those teeth healthy and strong is important. Whether you just need a simple cleaning and checkup, or you have a dental issue that needs a skilled dentist’s attention, sedation dentistry can be used to make the process of receiving care much less stressful.
Sedation dentistry is available in the South Shore, right here in Quincy, MA. Sedation dentistry involves the use of calming medications to reduce your level of anxiety and stress while the dentist is treating you. There are different levels of sedation, and your Quincy dentist will choose yours based on your health needs as well as how anxious you are. People who are only a little nervous may need only enough sedation to take the edge off, meaning they remain awake and alert throughout the procedure; people with more significant levels of fear may choose partial or full sedation.
Be aware that patients can and do select different levels of sedation for different procedures. While a patient may choose to be only mildly sedated for a routine procedure like a cleaning or tooth whitening treatment, they may choose a higher level of sedation for a root canal, tooth extraction, or wisdom tooth removal.