Going to the dentist isn’t something that any of us relish. Nevertheless, many people avoid visiting their dentist entirely through anxiety and fear. Even if you are experiencing some symptoms that suggest you may have a dental problem, if you are frightened of visiting the dentist you may initially disregard them. In fact, many patients simply refuse to seek help until their pain or the debilitating symptoms they are suffering from are too severe to ignore any longer. Unfortunately, by this
While fear of the dentist may be a cliché, the effects that it can have are anything but amusing. Fortunately, it isn’t necessary to let your oral health and hygiene suffer. Sedation dentistry offers even the most fearful patients a way of tolerating everything from basic to invasive dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry is used to describe any dental procedure performed on a patient while they are under the effects of sedative medication. Since there are various types of sedative available, the degree of how sedated a patient is during sedation dentistry can vary immensely. The purpose of the medication is to ensure that the patient remains calm, relaxed and compliant during their appointment so that whatever treatment is needed can be performed safely and efficiently.
Light sedation is typically administered via a mask placed over the nose that delivers a continuous supply of nitrous oxide, which is better known as laughing gas. The effects of nitrous oxide only last a few moments beyond your last inhalation of the gas and so it is easily controlled. It induces a state of calm and everything around you may seem a little blurry and confusing. Many people
If you are particularly nervous about your appointment, or if you need a more invasive treatment, then you may be recommended for moderate sedation. This is usually provided in pill form and is taken around an hour before your appointment. The effects of moderate sedative medications are stronger, causing you a deeper sense of calm relaxation. You may only have a little awareness of what is going on around you. It can take several hours for the effects of the drug to wear off completely, and so you will need to wait a while before you can go home after your appointment and get someone else to drive you.
For patients with
It is important to note that sedation is different from general anesthetic, which sees patients put to sleep for the duration of their procedure. If we feel that you may need
In addition to being a valuable tool for people who suffer from fear of the dentist, sedation also makes it possible for patients with a multitude of physical and cognitive disabilities to undergo necessary dental check-ups and treatments. There can be many ways in which such disabilities affect a person’s ability to tolerate a dental procedure with some of the most common including:
An inability to understand and/or follow instructions
Physically being unable to sit still
Physically being unable to hold their mouth open
Intolerance of the position they need to sit in for treatment
Unable to tolerate the sounds/smells of the dental environment (sensory issues)
However, thanks to sedation dentistry, patients with a wide range of disabilities can now receive proper dental care that can help them enjoy better oral health and retain their natural teeth for longer.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, or if you would like to discuss your candidacy, please contact our office in Clearwater, FL today and speak to one of our reassuring and experienced dentistry team members. Dr. Andrew Holloman and Associated are rated top doctors in the Clearwater Florida area, They are a well-rounded, All-in-one Dental Office and are excited to meet you!