Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Family Dental Wellness Center

Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Elkridge, MD
Sedation dentistry can help you overcome dental anxiety, phobia, or fear so you can undergo important dental procedures and treatments that protect and enhance your dental health. At Family Dental Wellness Center in Elkridge, Maryland, Samia Azhar, DDS, and her skilled dental team provide comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry, using nitrous oxide. Learn more about sedation dentistry by calling Family Dental Wellness Center or scheduling an appointment online.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of managing fear and pain to carry out necessary and beneficial dental treatments. The assurance of relaxation and gentle approaches can sometimes be enough for someone to consider a procedure they were avoiding due to anxiety.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?
There are three main types of sedation dentistry: Oral, relative analgesia, and intravenous.

The team at Howard Smiles Center offers relative analgesia, or inhalation sedation, which involves you inhaling the sedative as a gas, such as nitrous oxide, through a mouth or nose piece using a special mask. This helps induce a calming state that helps you relax during your procedure.

Why choose sedation dentistry?
If you’re avoiding the dentist due to anxiety or fear, dental complications are more likely to arise when you miss out on sufficient, professional care. You might end up needing more invasive dental procedures and treatments in the future if bacteria are left to fester, and diseases like periodontal disease aren’t treated appropriately.

Sedation dentistry relieves your anxiety — the obstacle preventing you from receiving beneficial dental care.

Dr. Azhar might suggest sedation dentistry if you have:

  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • Suffered from traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Fear or anxiety
  • Pronounced gag reflex
  • Complex dental complications
  • Difficulty responding to numbing methods
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and can’t open your mouth for long periods

Recurring dental care reduces your risk of disease and damage and keeps your smile healthy. Dr. Azhar works with you to determine the best course of action to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

If you have any anxiety or concerns surrounding any aspect of your dental care, you can depend on the professionals at Family Dental Wellness Center for unwavering and compassionate support. Call the office or request your next appointment online today.

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