An estimated 30 percent of the population suffers with a fear of the dentist, known as odontophobia. This fear not only causes stress and anxiety, but it can also prevent individuals from receiving proper care for healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, sedation dentistry allows individuals suffering with this fear to receive the care they need.
The 101 on Sedation
When most people think of sedation, they visualize hospitals and surgical procedures. However, there are many different forms of sedation suited for use in your dentist’s office.
Anti-anxiety, tranquilizers, depressants, and nitrous oxide are all sedation medications offered for patients who require sedation for dental treatments. Each option may be administered in the patient’s preferred method, as well. For example, patients undergoing a tooth extraction or receiving a dental implant may prefer sedation through an IV. Patients who have a fear of needles may opt for an oral medication or laughing gas.
Due to the various options, patients can choose a form of sedation suited to their comfort level and specific treatment.
Visit your primary care physician for a detailed exam before undergoing sedation at the dentist. While sedation is safe for most patients, taking medications orally or intravenously offer some side effects.
Before undergoing sedation, your dentist will require a medical clearance from you physician to ensure you receive safe, effective treatment.
It is imperative to bring a caregiver to your appointment since you may feel severe fatigue, dizziness, and nausea after sedation. A responsible caregiver should drive you home and care for you for a few hours after your procedure.
During this time, your caregiver will make sure you are following instructions for proper recovery and ensure you are resting comfortably.
Your dental health is important, so you should never let a fear stand in the way of a healthy smile. Ask our dental professionals if sedation is the right option for your oral health needs by calling our office today!