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Afraid of the Dentist?- How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Does the thought of a dental visit make your quiver in fear? Would you rather ignore and endure a toothache than go to a dentist clinic? It is safe to say that you are not alone. A lot of people avoid going to the dentist or getting their much needed dental check-up because of their phobia.

If you are looking for a way to overcome your fear, sedation dentistry may be just the thing for you. This treatment method can take away your stress and anxiety while a dentist works on your teeth and gums. With sedation dentistry, you can undergo any dental procedure without any fear that usually accompanies the treatment.

Understanding Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a dental treatment procedure that uses sedative medications to help establish a calm and relaxed state for the patient. This enables the dentist to perform dental procedures. The patient's central nervous system will be affected by the sedative drugs used, such as tranquilizers, anti-anxiety medication, nitrous oxide, and so on. These sedatives can be administered in a number of ways, including:

  • Oral Sedation: This is the most common method used in the country to help patients deal with their phobia. This technique doesn't require the use of a needle and it creates a comfortable experience for most patients. With oral sedation, the patient will be somewhat conscious which makes it safer.

  • IV Sedation: This method must be administered by a trained professional. With this method, the patient will receive the sedative through a vein so that the effects will be much quicker.

  • Inhaled Sedation: This method involves inhaling nitrous oxide- also known as laughing gas, and oxygen through a mask. The dentist can control the level of sedation that the patient receives since the gas can wear off quickly. However, if the patient receives this form of sedation, it is advisable to have someone with them who can drive them home safely after the procedure.

The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry

This dental treatment method can provide patients with a lot of benefits, including the freedom from anxiety and fear during dental treatment. Patients who are afraid of going to the dentist will be able to receive the dental treatment they need in just a few sessions.

The dentist, on the other hand, will also benefit with this treatment method since it will allow them to perform dental procedures much easily. The patient will be more cooperative and relaxed due to the effects of sedation. The treatment will be much quicker and a number of dental procedures can be performed in one session.



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