Everyone will need to go to the dentist at some point, whether for a routine cleaning or a procedure like repairing a damaged tooth. However, some people have anxiety or even fear of going to the dentist, regardless of the circumstances.
Because it’s not a good idea to let fear interfere with dental hygiene and oral health, Ideal Dental provides patients with safe sedation dentistry.
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Concerning Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is performed in a clinical setting by the dentist administering anaesthesia to the patient. It’s appropriate when a patient has a lot of work to do during the appointment. Patients who are afraid of having any dental work done may also request sedation dentistry.
After consulting with your dentist, sedation dentistry may be your best option if you have a low pain tolerance or cannot sit still during a routine dental procedure.
Nitrous oxide is used in the lowest level of sedation dentistry. This is a relaxing gas that you breathe in under medical supervision. Because the effects are brief, this is the preferred anaesthesia for people who have less severe anxiety and want to be able to drive themselves home.
Oral sedatives, which are stronger than nitrous oxide, may be administered by your dentist to help you relax and feel calm. Diazepam is an example of a medication that can be taken prior to the procedure. You won’t fall asleep, but your anxiety will have subsided.
In severe cases of fear and anxiety, the dentist can administer an intravenous sedative. It’s known as general anaesthesia, and it will put you to sleep while the dentist works on you. If you receive a lower dose, you will not fall asleep completely but will be in a state of mind known as “twilight sleep,” in which you will be drowsy and may not remember much, if anything, about the procedure.
Things to Consider Before Your Procedure
It is critical to understand that anaesthesia always carries some risk, so you must be aware of the possibility of side effects.
People who have underlying medical conditions such as obesity or obstructive sleep apnea are more vulnerable.
Check to see what level of training your dentist has in sedation dentistry. Make sure you understand the risks of anaesthesia before signing the consent form.
In the event of a medical emergency, a professional dentist’s office will have a supply of oxygen as well as medications to bring patients out of sedation.
Make a Sedation Dentistry Appointment at Ideal Dental
Dentist provides a comprehensive range of dentistry services, including orthodontics and braces, implants, root canals, dentures, and more.
You can visit our office and sit in the dentist’s chair without feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and fear, thanks to sedation dentistry. You or a family member may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. We will determine whether or not this is a viable option for you. Find your nearest Dental clinic today to learn more about our approach to sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment.