Many people feel anxious about going to the dentist. Sometime it is the noise of the machines that are enough to make people feel nervous. Sedation dentistry uses a combination of methods, “laughing gas” as one example, to help patients feel calm.
Some medical conditions, such as cardiac diseases or respiratory problems, may require clearance from your physician before sedation is used during a dental appointment.
Techniques used when people feel any anxiety, such as deep breathing, are equally helpful with dental anxiety — without the side effects. Other patients have found that receiving acupuncture before the appointment can help with nerves. There’s no one right answer for everyone’s anxiety so talk about sedation with your family practitioner as well as your dental provider if you are concerned.