For many, the thought of going to the dentist is frightening and anxiety-inducing. In fact, roughly 30 percent of adults are so afraid of having dental work done that they let serious dental issues go on far longer than they should, compromising both the health and functionality of their teeth.
If this sounds familiar, there is great news for you. It is now possible to go to the dentist and not have to experience the fear and anxiety that normally come with the thought of dental work. The solution is sedation dentistry, and Dr. Greg Gor can help. This means that it is possible for you to have the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed of without the pain and fear.
This article will answer the most common questions about sedation dentistry in order to help you better understand how it works and find out if it is right for you.
What is Sedation?
Sedation is a common medical practice that uses a variety of different medical methods to relax and calm patients.Sedation Dentistry reduces anxiety for dental procedures.
There are several types of sedative drugs, including tranquilizers, depressants, nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications. When you have your first appointment, Dr. Gor will discuss with you your options depending on your particular case.
What Types of Sedation Are Available?
The most common method of sedation in a dental setting is use of a particular type of oral drug called a benzodiazepene. These drugs are a safe, FDA-approved method for treating anxiety, which makes them the ideal sedative for dental procedures. With this type of sedative, the patient is put into a relaxed, almost dreamlike state that makes many of them feel like they have slept through treatment. In reality, however, patients are conscious and alert enough to answer questions and cooperate with the dentist as needed, though they often do not remember the visit afterward.
This style of sedation may be more familiar to many, as it has been common practice for many years. For intravenous, or IV, sedation, a slender needle is inserted into the hand or arm of the patient, and the sedatives are administered via injection directly to the bloodstream.This method is just as effective as any other type, but it may not be the best option if you are frightened of or unsettled by needles.
Nitrous oxide is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” This is a mixture of the chemical compound nitrous oxide and oxygen that you will be asked to breathe in. Laughing gas does not make you laugh, nor does it put you to sleep. It is intended to make you feel calm, relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. You will be able to see and hear the dentist as well as respond to any questions you are asked.
One important note about all of these methods of sedation is that they are not intended to alleviate pain. You will still need a small injection of local anesthetic to numb your mouth prior to treatment. The drugs mentioned above are simply tools to help you feel as calm and relaxed as possible during your visit.
What Does Sedation Feel Like?
While your experience may be slightly different than anyone else’s, in general, sedation is often described as a warm, tingling or heavy feeling. You can think of it as similar to the comfortable, relaxed and drowsy moments you experience just before falling asleep at night.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
There are many benefits to requesting sedatives before a dental procedure. These benefits include:
– Peace of mind – Not only are all of these treatments safe and FDA-approved, but they will ensure a quiet and comfortable dentist visit.
– No recollection of treatment – Most patients report feeling like they were asleep for the entire visit and cannot recall the actual procedure at all.
– Improved dental health – Because you know you will not have any feelings of stress or anxiety during treatment, you can feel confident in taking proactive steps to stay on top of your dental health.
Going to the dentist may have been a source of fear and anxiety for you in the past, but it is now possible to achieve the bright smile you’ve always dreamed of without the negative feelings. Contact us with any questions you may have and let our friendly, professional staff help you get started on the path to a healthy smile.
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