Very few, if any, people truly look forward to visiting the dentist for treatment, but most of us do it because we know how important it is. For some people, getting dental treatment is a traumatic experience, so they may not get the care they need to avoid serious dental problems. Sedation dentistry is the answer for them and many others who have a problem with going to the dentist.
There are several levels of sedation used in sedation dentistry, so there is one for every level of anxiety. Even with these methods, a local anesthetic may be given in the mouth where the dentist is working. Some of the most common are:
• Sedation by pill called oral sedation can be minimal to moderate. The minimal dose is a relaxant and you are drowsy but conscious. A moderate dose may make you fall asleep.
• Sedation by laughing gas or nitrous oxide is inhaled and the dose is carefully controlled.
• Sedation by IV is also moderate, but it is administered through a vein. The level of sedation can be adjusted.
• Sedation by general anesthesia makes you unconscious.
Here are the main benefits of sedation dentistry:
• Relief form dental anxiety is one of the top benefits.
• Relief from a sensitive gag reflex is essential for anyone to sit for dental work. If you gag every few seconds, the dentist won’t be able to achieve anything.
• Relief from fear of needles is a benefit for people who can’t stand local anesthetic through an injection. Sedation dentistry can make the person calm enough so they don’t feel the fear or discomfort.
• Relief for the dentist who can’t get any work done if the patient is gagging, afraid and anxious. Sedation dentistry allows the dentist to do major work and several procedures at one visit, reducing the number of visits the patient needs.
Dental phobia is a real condition and requires real solutions. Sedation dentistry offers several levels of help so everyone can get the good oral hygiene they need for good overall health. Learn more about your options during a consultation at the office of Larry Saylor, DMD in Brandon, FL. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment.