Are you skipping dental appointments? If you are, you are not only putting the health of your smile at risk, you are putting your whole body at risk. Your oral health directly affects the health of nearly every system in your body, so don’t make the mistake of neglecting your dental care by avoiding visits to Advanced Dental of Las Cruces.
Most people put off dental appointments for one of two reasons. They either have trouble scheduling visits around their busy lives, or they just plain don’t like coming to the dentist due to fear and anxiety.
Luckily, we have the solution to both problems! Sedation Dentistry.
Sedation Options in Las Cruces
Inhaled Sedation – The most basic form of of dental sedation is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which is a bit of a misnomer because it does not induce laughter or hysteria. Instead, nitrous oxide produces a calming effect over your body. It allows you to relax, but stay conscious and fully aware of your surroundings and the process.
This type of sedation is ideal for for someone with a very low level of dental anxiety, or for someone who simply has trouble relaxing and lying still for the period of time it takes to have dental work done.
Nitrous oxide is delivered via a small mask that fits over your nose. The gas is diluted with oxygen, which can be increased or decreased by the experts at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces to adjust your level of sedation.
The effects of inhaled sedation come on almost immediately, and they dissipate just as quickly after the mask is removed. This means you are safe to drive yourself home after your procedure is completed.
Oral Sedation – This type of sedation comes in the form of a pill, which is prescribed to be taken before your scheduled dental procedure, usually a couple of hours in advance. Oral sedation works best for those with low to moderate levels of dental anxiety.
This type of sedation leaves you conscious and at least partially aware of your surroundings. It will put you into a deep state of relaxation, and some people even fall asleep during their procedure, but are easily roused with a nudge.
The effects of oral sedation linger longer than those of nitrous oxide, so you will not be able to drive yourself to or from the appointment. So it is very important for to arrange a ride.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Given the importance of dental care, the greatest benefit to sedation dentistry is that it gets you into our office in Las Cruces when anxiety might otherwise keep you away. Oral health problems do not simply go away if you ignore them. In fact, they tend to get worse. So just getting you into our office is a major win for sedation dentistry.
Beyond that, sedation also helps to relieve tension while undergoing dental work. Even if you are not especially afraid of the dentist, it is hard not to tense up when lying back in that car with your mouth wide open for an extended period of time. The tension involved in receiving dental work can cause soreness, headaches, and general fatigue that could be avoided if you only relax. That’s where sedation comes in.
Inhaled sedation and oral sedation both allow you to relax and receive the dental care you need without the side effects resulting from tension.
Sedation also allows you to get more work done in one visit and to recover more quickly. This means fewer days off of works and fewer hassles to schedule around.
So don’t let dental anxiety or a busy schedule keep you from getting quality dental care from Advanced Dental of Las Cruces. We have the sedation options that will make your visits to our office stress free.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.