Many people are nervous about their dental appointments, especially if it’s been a long time since their last checkup. If you have a fear of going to the dentist and are anxious about possible procedures, ADA approved sedation dentistry is available to make you visit easier. Dr. Kacel, your dentist in Northbrook, IL can offer several options of sedation that will relax you and do away with your anxiety during your next visit.
Many patients who suffer anxiety surrounding visiting the dentist put their oral health at risk by missing routine cleanings and exams. Unfortunately, this only leads to greater problems down the road that will ultimately still need to be addressed. Prevention is the most important part of oral health and good oral hygiene. Neglecting your teeth will only lead to bigger problems and more invasive treatments.
Your dentist in Northbrook, IL can offer light sedation in the form of nitrous oxide, which is a safe sedation gas that will relax you but still leave you aware of your surroundings and able to communicate. If you have greater anxiety and need something a little stronger, mild sedation can be used that will leave you incredibly relaxed yet still responsive.
Taking some time to consult with your Northbrook dentist before the procedure will help you determine which form of sedation is appropriate for you. Depending on which sedation you choose, you might need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the appointment since some of the stronger forms take hours to wear off completely.
Although some forms of sedation dentistry have been proven safe even for children, there are certain pre-existing conditions could prevent you from some forms of sedation dentistry. Therefore, make sure you discuss your medical history with your dentist during your consultation.
If you have any other questions about sedation dentistry, or about oral hygiene in general, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook Dental office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.