Today, dental phobia or anxiety is widely recognized as a serious condition that merits specialized treatment. Still, many people in Louisville may experience unnecessary stress during dental procedures, because they do not realize the benefits of sedation dentistry. If you suffer from any of the following issues, you may want to consider seeking treatment from a professional who performs sedation dentistry in Louisville, KY.

1. You Experience Severe Anxiety

While many people experience some type of minor anxiety before dental appointments or discomfort during procedures, victims of severe anxiety may dread dental visits due to feelings of panic. The level of anxiety may cause some patients to forgo regular cleanings or recommended treatments. If you avoid visiting the dentist or purposely prolong treatment due to fear of dental anxiety, you may benefit from sedation dentistry.

2. Physical Issues Make Dental Visits Difficult

You may also be an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry if you suffer from physical conditions that hinder you from a comfortable, calm experience. A few examples of these conditions include:

  • - An overactive gag reflex
  • - Problems getting numb after anesthetic injections
  • - Musculoskeletal problems that make spending time in the dental chair uncomfortable

These physical challenges can increase the stress of receiving normal treatment, and may also be the cause of your dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry can relieve the discomfort associated with these conditions, along with any accompanying feelings of worry or fear.

3. You Face Other Challenges During Treatment

Sedation dentistry may also be advisable in a few other situations. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth to the point that you avoid seeking treatment, sedation dentistry can help. This treatment approach may also be employed during more complex procedures and procedures that must be completed quickly.

Assessing Your Options

At the office of Drs. Reid Nelson and Douglas Lowy, we offer various sedation dentistry treatments, ranging from mild to moderate. We will take time to speak with you to determine whether sedation dentistry is advisable and the treatment offers best suited to your specific needs. To learn more about your options or schedule a consultation, call our office today at (502) 653-8185.