Sedation Dentistry: Alleviates The Fear And Discomfort Of Dental Treatment

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Even the bravest among us have shown signs of fear before visiting a dentist probably because of the needles, the drills or general fear of the unknown.

But you should not throw away your well-being due to your dental anxiety. Dental clinics nowadays try to make your experience pleasant, more relaxed and less anxious by introducing dental sedation.

So, let’s help you get over your dental phobia by knowing all the facts about dental sedation.

Types of dental sedation:

  1. Nitrous Oxide – Minimal

Nitrous Oxide is a great solution for patients who have a mild fear of the dentist without putting you to sleep. This sedation is suitable and effective for patients of any age.

This technique involves the patient first breathing in the nitrous oxide, followed by the feeling of lightheadedness and tingling of arms and legs. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable.

As soon as the mask is removed, the effects of the nitrous oxide disappear.

  1. Oral sedation

In this method of sedation, all you need to do is show up at the clinic an hour before your appointment and you will be given a sedative pill.

This sedation method is for an intense level of anxiety and will make you feel completely calm and relaxed.

The effect of this sedation will last more than the Nitrous oxide one (5 to 6 hours).

  1. Moderate Sedation: IV Sedation

In this process, the sedative drug is injected into a vein for it to act quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.

Intravenous sedation (IV sedation) keeps your movements to a minimum so that the dentist can perform the procedure smoothly.

It is often referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight dentistry”.

  1. General Anesthesia

This is a drug-induced loss of consciousness during which patients are not alerted, even by painful stimulation.

The patient may not be able to ventilate independently. Patients often require assistance in maintaining a patent airway.

Cardiovascular function may be impaired.

  1. Deep Sedation/Analgesia

In this technique, the patient is under a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which only repeated or painful stimulation can arouse the patient.

The patient may not be able to ventilate independently, thus requiring the assistance of lab equipment to maintain a patent airway.

Cardiovascular function is usually maintained.

Benefits of Dental Sedation:

  1. Anxiety relief

For a long time, dental anxiety caused people to either suffer through the dental procedure or avoid the dental clinic altogether.  Dental sedation relieves anxiety and fear for the most nervous patients. This removes a big reason why people avoid the dentist and allow them to comfortably go through the entire procedure.

  1. Pain relief

Many people don’t visit the clinic due to the fear of pain. With sedation dentistry, the pain is completely removed. The brain cannot register pain under the influence of dental sedation. Everyone wants pain-free dental care. It’s one of the many reasons that sedation dentistry is so popular currently.

  1. The Dentist can work faster

If a patient is under the influence of powerful sedatives and anesthetics, she won’t be squirming around in the chair while the dentist is trying to work. This makes the procedure easier for the dentist as well as the patient.

The dentist will be able to work faster and more efficiently because he doesn’t have to worry about your reaction to the procedure. This means he will be able to get you out of the chair and on the road to recovery much quicker.

  1. Reduction in Gag Reflex

A gag reflex is a good thing. The throat needs to be able to expel any intrusive, foreign object. However, if a patient is completely aware while a dentist is working in his mouth, the gag reflex can be a hindrance. Sometimes the dentist needs to go deep inside the oral cavity, and the gag reflex prevents that.

The patient’s spasms can lead to damage, depending on what the dentist is doing. With sedation dentistry, this is no longer an issue as the gag reflex is paralyzed. This means the dentist can work faster and more efficiently, and the patient will be much more comfortable.

Sedation dentistry is a safe and quickly evolving procedure that has shown to alleviate the dental fear and anxiety in patients. If you have been putting off some much-needed dental work because of drills, dental treatments, or the mere sight of the dentist’s waiting room, consider sedation dentistry.

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Sara O Brown

Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about travelling and cooking. She has been a regular contributor for-

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