If the idea of having dental work done makes you shudder or even panic, it might help to know that tens of millions of people in the United States feel the same way. Fear of the dentist, or dental anxiety, is extremely common. At Hillcrest Dental Care in Waco, TX we understand dental anxiety which is why we’re proud to offer dental sedation to help people get the dental care they need.
Regular Dental Care Pays Dividends For Your Happiness And Health
There are a lot of self-esteem and self-confidence benefits that come with having a great smile. Lack of dental care can make you reluctant to smile or to laugh out loud. That affects how people see you which can impact your relationships. Also, research shows that people who do smile freely and often are viewed as more likeable and trustworthy. Getting regular dental care can help you socially and in the workplace.
However, having a great smile isn’t the only benefit to regular dental care. Extensive research shows strong links between poor oral health and a host of serious health problems:
- Heart disease
- Lung problems
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Poor diabetes control
- Premature birth and low birth weight
- Various forms of cancer
And many more.
Fear of the dentist is more than just an inconvenience. It can impact almost every aspect of your life.
At Hillcrest Dental Care in Waco, TX, Dr. Michael Thrasher offers two levels of sedation to help everyone be comfortable and relaxed while getting the dental care they need.
Dr. Thrasher has been known to refer to this option as “relaxing air,” and that’s a good description. You breathe in the carefully controlled sedation and quickly find yourself relaxed and unconcerned about what’s going on around you. Inhaled sedation has been used in dentistry for nearly a century, and it’s so safe that it’s even approved for use in children.
The effects of inhaled sedation wear off very quickly, so you should be fine to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Dr. Thrasher will prescribe a pill to be taken by mouth. Oral conscious sedation causes a much deeper level of relaxation. You’ll still be awake and able to respond to questions and requests, but you may not remember much about your appointment.
Since the effects of oral conscious sedation linger for a while after your appointment, be sure to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. Driving while sedated is extremely dangerous to you and others.
You Can Get The Dental Care You Need
At Hillcrest Dental Care in Waco, TX, our complete focus is on your health and wellbeing. You never have to worry about feeling judged for the state of your mouth or for any nervousness about your appointment. We look forward to showing you just how relaxed a dental appointment can be.