What Are Your Dental Anesthesia Options?
According to Healthline, around 10 to 30 percent of people feel anxiety about pain with dental procedures. Because of this, patients postpone necessary treatment leading to more complications. Dr. Botero wants all of her patients to have a positive association with dental treatments.
Patients that are anxious about treatment can counsel with Dr. Botero about options to make your treatment more peaceful. One option that she offers is Nitrous Oxide, a colorless and odorless substance commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” When inhaled, the gas slows down the body’s reaction time triggering a calm, euphoric feeling.
Why Use Dental Anesthesia?
Millions of Americans deal with dental anxiety. Research show that between 9 and 15% of people have dental anxiety, and others feel nervous visiting a dental office. About 65% of American adults visit the dentist each year, which means that 35% of those people aren’t visiting the dentist like they should.
So, roughly, 30 and 40 million Americans are missing out on much-needed dental care. Because some of this group allow their fears keep them from visiting the dentist like they should they end up with problems. And the other part of the group just doesn’t understand the importance of regular oral care…until it is too late. Dental anesthesia can help you get the treatment you need without the pain.
Depending on the type of service you are receiving, a dental injection may be used to help numb the area of treatment. Before a dental injection is administered, a numbing cream will be used to topically numb the area of injection so that, often, patients barely notice that they are receiving an injection.
When the medication has been administerd to the treatment area, patients can relax knowing the rest of the treatment will be pain-free!
Can Dental Anesthesia Help You?
Dental anesthesia isn’t necessary for most dental services like dental cleanings and exams. Most patients won’t even require anesthesia if they have a simple surface cavity. However, there are always dental anesthesia options available to patients that can be customized to their needs.
If you have a fear of going to the dentist, don’t skip your appointments! This can trigger tooth decay or gum disease issues with long-term effects. Ask about our dental anesthesia options and find one that works for you. Call Li’l Sunshine Smiles at 813-576-0200 to schedule your comprehensive exam!