Cure your Fear of the Dentist with Sedation Dentistry
What are you afraid of — Heights? Insects? Clowns? What about the dentist? If you said yes, then you are not alone! Dentophobia, or the general fear of dentists, is listed as one of the most common fears. Sometimes, dentophobia can get in the way of essential dental treatment, and in extreme cases, lessen one’s quality of life or endanger health. But now, with Sedation Dentistry, there is a way to diminish these fears & keep your teeth healthy and clean in a comfortable, safe environment!
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is when dentists use medication to sedate and help to relax patients during dental procedures.
The level of sedation can vary to certain degrees based on the circumstances, and how fearful the patient is. Sedation can range from minimal to moderate to deep.
What medication is used?
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, can be administered for minimal sedation effects. Nitrous oxide is an anesthetic gas that wears off quickly and allows patients to relax while still being awake and aware of their surroundings. In most cases, the patient will be able to drive home afterwards.
Oral sedation is the most commonly used form of medication in Sedation Dentistry. Oral sedation usually involves taking a prescribed pill about an hour before your dental procedures. Depending on the oral medication administered, this can allow for minimal to moderate sedation.
For moderate to deep sedation effects, an injection of an anesthetic via IV can be administered. The level of sedation is controlled by your dentist.
In extreme cases, general anesthesia can be administered. This means patients will experience a loss of consciousness, and will not be responsive during the dental procedure.
These methods of sedation can also be supplemented by a local anesthetic, depending on the procedure. This means that an anesthetic will be administered, usually by needle, to numb a specific part of the mouth.
Is Sedation Dentistry right for you?
Sedation dentistry could be right for you if you experience the following:
Severe anxiety and fear relating to the dentist, have a need for IV sedation, have a low tolerance for pain, an inability to sit still during dental procedures, or high sensitivity in the mouth or teeth, and more.
Level of sedation can depend on a variety of factors such as:
Level of patient’s fear, the procedure being administered, the patient’s age and weight, and medical history.
If you or someone in your family’s fear or anxiety is getting in the way of living a happy life with a healthy smile, sedation dentistry could be right for you. Let’s figure out a solution together! Schedule an appointment with Delicate Smiles Dental here or call us at (303)-340-3330.