Dental Care

Sedation Dentistry Can Help

 

What is sedation dentistry? A substantial percentage of the population is afraid to go to the dentist, even for things as simple as routine checkups. 

Many people experience a degree of anxiety so significant, it causes them to put off obtaining the dental treatments they need for years.  Others with strong dental phobias just can't face it and skip dental treatment altogether.  Balanced sedation during dentistry can help, by providing a way for fearful patients to receive the dental treatments they need without stress and anxiety.

History

Sedation during dentistry has been used for more than 30 years to provide the help many people need during their dental appointments. 

Over the course of all those years, millions of dental procedures have been safely performed under sedation.  Many of those procedures would never have been performed without the sedation patients needed to alleviate their dental anxieties.

No matter how gentle dentists promise to be, many patients are terrified of any dental work - even routine checkups and teeth cleaning.  However, regular dental care and good oral hygiene are essential for continued good health and well-being.

Reaching Out

The medications used in dentistry allow fearful, nervous patients to relax comfortably in a pleasant, anxiety-free setting while their dentists perform the dental procedures they need despite their fears. 

A patient undergoing sedation dentistry is able to enjoy a comfortable, stress-free experience.  In fact, sedation dentistry provides an almost ideal solution for people with dental phobias and high anxiety levels.

Sedation used in dentistry is a safe, proven method for dentists to help their patients overcome the dental phobias and anxieties that are so common.  Patients feel no pain, discomfort, anxiety or fear while their dentists are performing their dental work.

Despite sometimes being referred to as "sleep dentistry," the sedatives you receive during sedation dentistry don't actually put you to sleep or render you totally unconscious, like a general anesthesia would.  Instead, the oral or IV sedatives used in sedation dentistry produce a comfortable, drowsy, "sleep-like" state. 

When coupled with local anesthetics and the soothing music, comfortable reclining chairs, and warm blankets many sedation dentists provide, these sedatives let you calmly doze off so your dental treatment can be performed.   

In some cases, you might also be given nitrous oxide to make you even more relaxed during your treatments.

Procedures

Some dentists begin by giving you a sedative pill to take about an hour before your appointment. 

After you arrive at the dentist's office, you'll be given one or more additional pills to control your anxiety.  Naturally, your dentist will also give you a local anesthetic before actually performing your dental treatment. 

Throughout the entire duration of the procedure, your vital signs, including your heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels, will be carefully monitored to ensure your continued safety.  

And after the procedure's completed, you'll go home with a much healthier mouth despite your dental anxieties.

Additional Techniques

Other dentists use intravenous products to perform a balanced sedation, believing this technique to be safer while also providing a deeper sedative effect and an even more comfortable session in the dentist's chair. 

As with orally-administered sedation dentistry, your vital signs will be continuously monitored throughout your entire treatment session. 

IV sedation techniques permit the direct administration of a fast-acting sedative-reversing medication that can bring you out of sedation rapidly if it should become necessary. 

Your dentist's ability to rapidly reverse your sedation can, in some cases, make IV sedation safer than oral sedatives.

Conclusions

People who have experienced unpleasant or even terrifying sessions in their dentist's chair are understandably wary of returning. 

Some people have strong dental phobias despite never having an unpleasant dental treatment.  And fully cooperating with their dentist during dental treatment can be extremely difficult for people with painful or very sensitive teeth. 

By putting them into a relaxed state, sedation dentistry can help all three of these types of dental patients.  Most patients have little or no memory of their procedures - they simply awake to healthier teeth.  And the sedatives used for dentistry typically have no after-effects. 

If you're afraid of the dentist, sedation dentistry can not only help, it can change your life.  You'll no longer fear getting the dental treatments you need. 

Being able to have the dental work you need will improve your oral hygiene, make your teeth and mouth much healthier, and improve your overall well-being.

 

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