Most people have a fear of dentists. The mere mention of a dentist, or the sound of a dental drill, will send most into a frenzy. For such people, sedation dentistry may be the solution to their fears, as being sedated will help set their minds and bodies at ease. We can help you determine if being sedated is the right choice for you the next time you visit your dentist.
Types of Sedation
When a dental patient is sedated, they will be administered a drug either before or during the procedure. Nitrous oxide is one form of sedation where the patient is exposed to gas that will help them relax. The gas’s effects are also short term, and most patients can drive themselves home after the procedure is done.
Oral sedatives are another option. For instance, your dentist may ask you to take an oral sedative, such as diazepam. Oral sedatives will not render you unconscious, but instead are meant to help you feel relaxed and a little sleepy during the procedure. Oral sedatives are usually taken at home, about an hour before the procedure actually takes place.
Local anesthesia is usually recommended for most simple dental procedures. In fact, some patients are only administered a local anaesthetic prior to having their wisdom teeth removed, including impacted wisdom teeth.
Preparation For Sedation Dentistry
If you decide to take an oral sedative, then your dentist will write a prescription for you and ask you to follow the proper instructions before you arrive at their office. If you start to feel less anxious and more drowsy after taking the oral sedative, then it is a sign that the drug is working as intended.
Moreover, if you decide to opt for the nitrous oxide instead, then there is usually no preparation, as the dentist will usually supply it before, during, and immediately after the dental work is complete.
Also, please inform your dentist of any medications that you are taking, including supplements, as there are many drugs that can cause serious and possibly even fatal reactions. If you are taking drugs that may interfere with the procedure, then your dentist will tell you to stop taking them the day before the procedure to be safe.
Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?
If you have a serious fear of dentists and/or dental procedures, then you should definitely consider a form of sedation dentistry. Patients who have had unpleasant dental experiences in the past should also consider it, as well as patients who have very sensitive oral nerves. Some patients also don't react well to local anesthetics.
For instance, a local anesthetic may cause their mouths to swell, or they may suffer from prolonged or even permanent numbness after having been administered the local anesthetic. For such patients, an oral sedative may be the preferred option. Furthermore, if you have a small mouth, then sedation may be right for you, as you may be more susceptible to mouth soreness for procedures that take half an hour or longer to complete.
Finally, those who suffer from anxiety disorders should strongly consider sedation dentistry. Your dentist wants you to be comfortable and at ease while they work on your teeth, and any sudden movements can cause serious injuries.
Your Dental Health Matters
If you are dealing with dental problems that are causing discomfort, then do not ignore them. There are a myriad of different options available that will eliminate pain completely and/or help you feel relaxed so that you won’t have any anxiety before and during the procedure. Also, many dental issues, when detected early, can be treated quickly and easily as well. For instance, a cavity detected early can be filled easily with a small amount of local anesthetic. However, if you let the cavity linger it will continue to grow and become infected, which will destroy the tooth and force the dentist to extract it surgically. This is a far more complicated procedure that also costs significantly more. In sum, your oral health is very important, and serious dental complications can cause serious harm and even death in some cases.
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