Perhaps there is no other healthcare profession like dentistry that has the
unfortunate (and false) reputation of wanting to cause pain rather than
prevent it. For all the good that dentists do to improve our well
being, there are many patients with fears about sitting in the dentist’s
Perhaps it has something to do with not liking sharp metal objects put into
your mouth or a distaste for fluoride, no matter how strongly the hygienist
insists it is “cherry flavored”. But whatever the reason, there are
many people (young and old), who have dental anxiety.
For your teeth’s sake, there are ways to combat dental anxiety, a condition
sure to cause cavities. If positive reinforcement, learning to control fear
and other behavior management techniques don’t do the trick, dental sedation
could ease your mind and allow you to get your teeth cleaned.
Sedation can occur through inhalation (nitrous oxide aka laughing gas),
intravenously or orally through a pill or liquid. All of these are safe and
can address most forms of dental anxiety by allowing you to get dental work
done and simultaneously relieving the anxiety you feel inside. Usually these
forms of sedation do not relieve pain, so a local anesthetic is still needed.
They do however relieve stress and allow you to have a healthy smile without
all of the worry.