If you are among the many people who feel fearful every time you visit the dentist, you are not alone. This type of anxiety is actually so common that there is a definitive term for it: odontophobia. Regardless of if your anxiety stems from a fear of needles, embarrassment over the condition of your teeth or gums or something else entirely, know that general dentist Dr. Jaycee Van Horn, D.D.S., offers a number of different options for sedation dentistry in Oklahoma City, OK. These options involve sedating you in a safe, effective manner and environment so that you are able to maintain your composure and feel relaxed throughout the duration of your treatment.

Oral Sedation

This type of sedation dentistry is relatively simple, and it involves you taking a pill about an hour before your procedure that will keep you relaxed throughout the remainder of your appointment. It is important to note that, should you choose this method, you will need someone to drive you safely to and from your appointment.

Nitrous Oxide

If you opt for nitrous oxide, this type of sedation dentistry allows your dentist to easily control and adjust the amount of “laughing gas” you need for your procedure. You will not be “put under” until right before your treatment, and the effects of the gas will wear off quickly and with plenty of time for you to drive yourself home safely.

Local Anesthetic

Local anesthetic is another option that numbs the area of your mouth receiving treatment so that you do not feel any pain. This sedation technique involves the use of a needle and is commonly used for particularly painful procedures or emergency situations.

Putting Fears to Rest

Schedule an appointment with us today! Dr. Van Horn can discuss these options in closer detail and make a recommendation about what method is best for you depending on your overall health and the type of treatment you require. Discuss your specific situation today by calling 405.757.2122.