Many patients would prefer to avoid going to the dentist. Whether it is the noise of the dentist’s tools, the embarrassment of the dentist looking into their mouth, or even the fear of getting treatment, patients may avoid going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry is a way for patients to relax during dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience during dental treatment. Sedatives can be administered in a variety of ways, including inhalation and oral delivery. When used appropriately, sedation dentistry can help eliminate patients’ anxiety and make dental treatment more pleasant, so patients are more likely to take care of their oral health.
Sedation dentistry is beneficial for anyone who fears going to the dentist. While typically, a fear of the dentist stems from a bad experience in the past, some people just find going to the dentist extremely stressful. Some people have a sensitive gag reflex, and some people find it difficult to sit still. If you fall into either of these categories, then sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fears and get much-needed dental treatment done.
Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax during dental treatment. There are different methods of sedation available, including the following:
Oral conscious sedation is a method that allows you to remain awake but feels completely relaxed. This method of sedation allows you to go about your day as normal, but you won’t feel any anxiety or pain.
Patients can opt for nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, during dental treatments. Laughing gas is a mild sedative that is delivered through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. Laughing gas takes effect almost immediately, and it wears off as soon as the treatment is over.
IV sedation involves the administration of sedative drugs through an IV. The medication is administered directly into the bloodstream, making it more effective than oral sedation. Patients under IV sedation are usually less aware of their surroundings, which can make dental procedures especially comfortable. IV sedation is particularly helpful for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia.
General anesthesia puts you into a sleeplike state. It is most often used when a patient needs to undergo extensive dental work, such as having a tooth pulled. Your dentist may also recommend general anesthesia if they believe that your anxiety or stress may be preventing you from undergoing the dental work that you need.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help patients relax during a dental procedure. While sedation dentistry is very safe, it should only be administered by a licensed professional.
Before administering any medication, your dentist will perform a thorough exam and discuss your medical history. This will help them determine if sedation dentistry is safe for you.
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