Sedation dentistry might sound a bit extreme, but it is an incredible solution for anyone with a dental phobia. Dental phobia can actually be quite dangerous for oral health because it pushes people to put off their dental visits.
Dental visits are important for more than keeping a beautiful smile, but they are also important in order to keep gums and teeth disease-free. Sedation Dentistry is an amazing answer to anyone who has fear or anxiety regarding dentistry.
Common Forms of Sedation Dentistry
The most common forms are oral and inhaled sedation. This includes nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Each of these forms of sedation have benefits for those who carry extreme anxiety associated with dentistry.
Relief from Anxiety
One of the most important aspects of sedation dentistry is the relief of anxiety. Using this form of sedation allows patients to go through different procedures without huge stress.
Although some patients may only have a bit of anxiety right before a procedure, other patients can become extremely overwhelmed and nervous even before a simple visit. These fears prevent many people from receiving care that they need.
Reduction in Gag Reflex
Although normally a gag reflex is a good thing, during a procedure it is not helpful. If a patient is totally aware of a dentist working in their mouth, then a gag reflex can fully get in the way of a procedure.
Oftentimes, a dentist will need to go deep into the mouth or throat, and a gag reflex will make things incredibly difficult. Patients can even have spasms. These spasms can lead to damage and even more anxiety.
During sedation dentistry, the gag reflex is paralyzed. This means the dentist can work faster, smarter, and more efficiently for the patient.
It is very normal that some people have fears of the dentist, especially when associated with pain. Due to the fact that the brain cannot register pain under the influence of sedatives or anesthetics, this no longer is an issue. Tooth and gum pain is horrible, but when participating in sedation dentistry, the pain does not exist.
When a patient is under the influence of sedatives or anesthetics, they will not be moving their mouth or body in the chair. This makes it much easier for the dentist to complete their work.
Because the dentist will not need to worry about the reaction of the patient to the procedure, the entire process will go quicker. This means you will be in the chair, and out into recovery as fast as possible.
Don’t Delay on the Dentist out of Fear
If you have been putting off any dentistry because of fear, or the avoidance of pain, you now have your answer. Rather than live with the anxiety through an appointment, consider sedation dentistry.
Get started on reclaiming your oral health again. Give us a call today to find out how sedation dentistry can benefit you.