I have horrible dental anxiety, but have been getting a tad embarrassed about my teeth. I’ve recently developed what I think is a cavity in between my front teeth. I don’t want something so ugly showing when I smile. I know I need to go in but my phobia is killing me. What I need is something to relax me. Is it okay to take a Xanax before I go?
You are not the only person who is afraid of the dentist. Many patients feel the same way. Most of the time, anxiety stems from a time they had a traumatic experience in the dental chair as a child.
While Xanax is good at relaxing people. I have a better option for you which I’ll share in a moment. If you take a Xanax before your dental appointment, it could interfere with whatever your dentist needs to do and possibly even any numbing medication he has on hand.
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What will be most helpful to you is to see a dentist who is compassionate with patients who suffer from dental anxiety. They go under several terms if you are doing an internet search:
Dentists used to working with fearful patients are more compassionate. They’re usually better at going slow and explaining things as they go, if that helps ease your anxiety. But, for people in your position, the best part is they have drugs.
They can give you medication which will not interfere with anything they’ll need to use on you. Most sedation dentists provide two levels of sedation medication. The lightest is nitrous oxide. This has been dubbed laughing gas in the past because it makes you feel a bit floaty. It’s often used on children who need to relax in the dental chair. It’s best for people with mild anxiety. It has the additional benefit of letting you get on with your day as soon as your appointment is completed.
The next level of sedation would be oral conscious sedation. This is a simple pill you will take before your appointment. This will make you seriously relaxed. Way too relaxed to drive. You’ll need a ride to and from your appointment, as well as someone to stay with you after your appointment until you are lucid and steady on your feet.
This will make your appointment a breeze. In fact, most patients sleep through their appointment.
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