Post # 1
hello! I have a HUGE FEAR of the dentist. even for a teeth cleaning. I hate, hate HATE the sound of the scraping and I have sensitivity and sometimes I want to scream in pain when they scrape my teeth and gums. I have put off going to the dentist for a year or so because of this. I know I need to go get a cleaning and I know there are dentist offices that do sedation dentistry (they don’t put you completely asleep but you take a pill which sedates you and you don’t remember much from the appointment). I was just wondering if anyone has tried this and if so would you recommend it?
Post # 3
No, I haven’t heard of this. Do you know if your dentist will do this? Have you talked with him/her about it?
Post # 4
I’ve seen the ads for sedation dentistry and tried to get my Fiance to go but he’s still scared. He needed a lot of work done as a child/teen but it was too expensive for his parents, plus he was scared to death to go, so now its a big mess and he needs tons of work, but he’s too scared to try even the sedation dentistry.
Anyone tried it? (BUMP) 🙂
Post # 5
I tried it. I’m so anxious with the dentist after a really bad experience having my wisdom teeth taken out. So the last time I went they said they needed to do a deep cleaning, which takes a few hours. I knew there was no way I was sitting in that chair for a few hours completely calm. So yeah, they gave me a pill, I fell asleep, and woke up a few hours later. Everything was done and it was probably one of my best dental experiences, because I don’t remember any of it 🙂
Post # 6
I did it my senior year of high school and I highly recommend it. I was terrified of the dentist and had not been in years-I saw commercials for sedation dentistry and knew it was the only way you would get me into a dentist office.
I made an appointment for a consultation, where I found out I had like 8 cavities, plus some other work that needed to be done. They made me an appointment for a few days later, and if I remember correctly, they sent me home with 2 pills to take. One was for the night before the appointment, then the second pill was for like an hour before. I remember taking the first pill, going to bed, and waking up the next morning and feeling normal. I was terrified the second pill wasn’t going to knock me out, but I took it and don’t remember anything after that! I cannot recommend sedation dentistry enough-I know without it I would have never gone to the dentist!
Post # 7
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Never tried it–but I am in dental school. It sounds like the dentist prescribes you something like Ativan. If that’s the case–some dentists will prescribe that for you before an appointment if you are very apprehensive, so you don’t necessarily have to go to the place advertised if you’d rather use another dentist. Real sedation dentistry (like, through an IV) requires more formal training, but no extra certification is needed to prescribe a benzodiazepine like Ativan. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sometimes helps out an apprehensive patient as well (and there can be some amnesia when using it–an added bonus).
Post # 8
I’ve never taken a pill but my dentist does give Nitrous Oxide and it is fantastic. You are still totally conscious but you are totally relaxed. When they are done they just pump some fresh oxygen in you and you are good to go in like five minutes.
I totally reccomend it!