A fear of the dentist or dental anxiety is a leading cause of poor oral health in adults today. Avoiding the dentist can have a domino affect on your oral health, leading to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss over time. In addition, poor dental health has been proven to also impact your overall health and raise your risk for cardiovascular and systemic disease. For patients with existing health concerns such as diabetes, this can make your disease more difficult to manage and increase the severity of symptoms.
Dr. Emily Lin and her associates at Canton Dental welcome patients who suffer with dental anxiety. Your dentist will take the time to listen to your concerns, fears and goals for restoring oral health. In many cases, a thorough explanation of your dental treatment and what to expect can help put you at ease during your visit. Our team takes a compassionate approach and treats each patient as an individual, tailoring your dental care to your unique smile. We offer sedation options that will allow you to receive the dentistry you need while feeling pain and anxiety free.
Dental Sedation in Baltimore
The use of conscious sedation has opened the door for many suffering with dental anxiety, enabling them to get back a healthy, beautiful smile. Canton Dental Associates offers two options for sedation, both of which allow you to be responsive and in control of your bodily function while in a relaxed or euphoric state, with little or no memory afterwards.
- Nitrous oxide: nitrous oxide is an inhalation sedation, administered via a tiny cannula placed beneath your nose. The “laughing gas” takes effect and wears off almost immediately, enabling you to drive to and from your dental appointment.
- Oral sedation: your dentist will prescribe oral sedation when appropriate, often starting with an at home dose. Oral sedation takes time to become effective and to wear off and you will need to have an escort for your appointment.
Your dentist will discuss your medical history before recommending your sedation option(s) to ensure your treatment is safe for you.