Oral sedation refers to the process of sedating patients who experience a great deal of stress and anxiety when going to the dentist. Some people experience high levels of anxiety and fear when at the dentist's - even for routine check-ups and cleanings - which often makes it very difficult for the dentist or dental hygienist to perform the procedure. In fact, many people experience so much stress and anxiety that they forego dentist appointments altogether. Not only can this be damaging to your oral health, but it can also be very dangerous if a dental emergency occurs and you do not receive immediate medical attention because of your anxiety. The pain-free solution: oral sedation.
There are a variety of voluntary sedatives available for patients who suffer from anxiety. We offer two specific services: oral sedation pills, and nitrous oxide. Oral sedatives take effect in as little as one hour, so a dentist will often recommend you take the pill before your appointment so you have enough time to feel the effects before your procedure. Nitrous oxide - or "laughing gas" - is another popular sedative that is frequently used by dentists. By inhaling through the mask connected to the nitrous oxide tank, you will feel the sedative effects almost immediately. This will relax you for the procedure. Once the dentist is finished, you will receive 100% oxygen, which will eliminate the sedative effects in minutes. Each option has its benefits, and which sedative is used will depend on the procedure being performed.
These sedatives are designed to combat stress, anxiety, and fear in vulnerable patients. They offer a soothing, relaxing feeling that will keep your stress and anxiety from overwhelming you while the dentist is in the middle of the procedure. This can also help prevent future stress and anxiety. Fortunately, you will still be able to communicate with the dentist or dental hygienist, so you can inform them if the effects are not strong enough. In such cases, the sedative level can be adjusted to suit the individual patient.
On top of ensuring your personal comfort during stressful dental procedures, oral sedatives also make it easier for the dentist to perform the procedure. Rather being stressed, anxious, uncomfortable, and fidgeting in the chair, the patient will be calm and relaxed, making it easier for the dentist to perform any dental tasks. This can speed up the process and result in a more effective, efficient procedure.
If you are less stressed and overwhelmed by the thought of going to the dentist, it is likely that you will visit your dentist on a regular basis. However, many people are simply too scared to commit. Fortunately, oral sedation helps with this, allowing you to visit the dentist more frequently. This results in improved oral health and dental hygiene. Since anxiety is no longer an obstacle, regular visits to the dentist will not feel overwhelming, and your physical health will improve.
Oral sedation has become quite popular, especially because of the simple, pain-free administration of the sedatives. Every sedative is FDA approved and designed specifically for use in dental situations. Moreover, oral sedatives do not require needles - another cause of anxiety for many people. Oral sedatives, like nitrous oxide can work in minutes, while sedative pills can take up to an hour to give the full effects, but each one is administered in a pain-free, stress-free manner. Our team of dental professionals includes some of the best dentists in Guelph, and we utilize up-to-date technology to ensure your procedure is as relaxing and pain-free as possible. Visiting the dentist has never been so simple and relaxing.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being able to improve the quality of life of each individual patient. Your comfort is important to us, and we will do anything we can to accommodate patients who are stressed and overwhelmed by the idea of visiting the dentist.
For more information about our oral sedation or to book your next appointment, call one of our dental professionals at 519-265-5115 or contact us here.