Dental phobias are very real – and very common. It is estimated that three out of four people experience some degree of fear of the dentist, which can lead to delays in getting dental care when it is truly needed. If you have been avoiding the dentist due to dental anxieties, the team of friendly and compassionate dental professionals at Titus Dentistry in Middletown, IN is here to help you get the care that you need with options such as oral conscious sedation.
Benefits of oral conscious sedation
Oral conscious sedation is one of multiple types of sedation options offered to keep patients calm, relaxed, and comfortable during dental procedures. While it is commonly used for patients with dental phobias, that is not the only time that it can be helpful. Patients may benefit from oral sedation if they:
- Need multiple dental procedures performed in one visit
- Have an overactive gag reflex
- Have dental fears or anxieties – oral sedation can be used for complex procedures and even for routine dental cleanings if needed
What to expect
After talking with Dr. Titus and determining that oral conscious sedation is right for you, you will be prescribed a pill and we will tell you when to take it (typically a short time before your appointment) so that it reaches its optimal effect when you are undergoing your treatment. There are multiple types of oral conscious sedation medications available, and Dr. Titus is trained and experienced in determining which type and dosage is right for each individual patient.
Because the pill has a sedative effect, you will need someone to drive you to and from your dental visit. Once it starts to take effect, you will feel calm and free from worries or anxieties, but you will still be conscious and able to ask and respond to questions or follow directions as needed during your treatment. Many patients are so relaxed during their appointment that they have little recollection of it afterwards!
Don’t let dental anxieties stop you from getting the dental care that is necessary for your oral health and overall well-being. Call Titus Dentistry to learn about your sedation dentistry options today. We serve the Middletown, Anderson, Muncie, Pendleton, and surrounding areas, and can be reached at (765) 358-5868.