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Sedation Dentistry

Tricia Mockler, DDS -  - Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Tricia Mockler, DDS

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry located in South Bay Area, Cupertino, CA

If you’ve ever considered postponing a dental procedure due to fears or worries, you may suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is an approach that can help and is among the services available from Tricia Mockler, DDS, in Cupertino, California. If you have questions about the role sedation dentistry can play in your treatment path, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is dental anxiety?

Few people relish the thought of a dental procedure, but for some, the mere thought of coming in for dental care can be overwhelming. Dental anxiety is a condition in which your worries or fears about a dental procedure interfere with your ability to move forward with dental care. 

Dental anxiety is also incredibly common. Researchers believe as many as 15% of Americans avoid scheduling dental care due to fear or anxiety. 

What are the consequences of dental anxiety?

For some, dental anxiety simply makes it more difficult to pick up the phone and book routine dental exams or restoration appointments. In others, dental anxiety can be even more disabling than extreme dental pain. 

An expansive body of evidence supports the connection between dental health and overall health. People with advanced dental decay or gum disease have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and many other serious health problems. 

Postponing dental care can harm more than just your smile. Fortunately, there are ways to get the care you need without suffering from incapacitating dental anxiety. 

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a solution to dental anxiety. The process involves using medication to help you relax during your dental work. This lessens anxiety and makes dental procedures easier to bear, even for men and women with extreme dental anxiety. 

There are various levels of sedation dentistry. Dr. Mockler uses a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area during all procedures. She also offers nitrous oxide as an option. Nitrous oxide is a gas that enters your bloodstream when inhaled through your nose. It travels to your brain, where it works to boost the release of dopamine and endorphins. The effects kick in almost immediately and wear off swiftly as soon as Dr. Mockler removes the supply of nitrous oxide. 

Nitrous oxide is the most common form of dental sedation. It is safe, effective, and requires no advance preparation or extensive recovery time. It also has none of the potential side effects of oral sedation drugs or the need to insert an IV. 

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from getting the care you need to stay healthy and happy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Mockler online or over the phone to learn more about sedation dentistry.