The basics of sedation dentistry
At Nosehill Dental Centre we understand that going to the dentist can incite fear or worry for some people. The thought of needles poking through your gums or the shrill sound of the dental drill may be enough to cause you anxiety, preventing you from making an appointment with the dentist. If this scenario seems familiar, then sedation dentistry is a good route to consider.
About sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a way of keeping you calm and relaxed through the use of sedatives during dental procedures. These sedatives may include tranquilizers, nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications. In the past, it was common to administer sedatives through the intravenous or IV method, which is injecting it to the blood vessels of either the arm or hand. Then again, needles can cause more anxiety to the patient.
Medical advancements in dental technology helped create alternatives for taking in sedatives without using injections. Today, patients can choose oral administration or taking in anti-anxiety medication through the mouth – gone are the needles or any apparatus for that matter. Indeed, oral sedation dentistry paves the way for a painless visit.
What is involved?
Learning about sedation dentistry entails many factors before reaching a decision. We can take you through every step of the procedure – from the day before the treatment to the moment you head back home.
Through pre-treatment consultation, we will check your dental history, your anxiety levels and other health factors. Taking sedatives may pose risks, thus it is very important for the us to know about medical conditions if there are any to take note of. Since some sedatives may react a certain way to vitamins, food supplements, smoking or drinking, details such as lifestyle choices and dietary habits need to be laid out on the table during a consultation. We will also advise you on what food you can and can’t eat before and after the treatment. After discussing all these concerns, your dentist will decide on what type of sedative and dosage to prescribe for you.
Sometimes during the treatment, you might require assistance of a family member or a friend who can drive you to the clinic and stay with you after for a few hours. The effects of sedation dentistry may vary from patient to patient. Some may feel sedated an hour or two after the procedure, requiring assistance at home until the effects wear off.
What are the benefits?
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits in more ways than one. Lengthy procedures such as cosmetic dentistry or dental surgeries that take more than an hour to perform may seem to last for only a few minutes for the patient under sedation. It can also cut down the number of appointments in which these complex procedures can be performed.
More importantly, sedation dentistry allows the patient to regain confidence because anxieties are kept at bay through the painless treatment. This would encourage further visits to the dentist and eventually, promote a routine of proper oral health practices for the patient.
Taking care of your teeth need not be a painful experience. Consult with your Nosehill Centre Dentist now about oral sedation. With sedation dentistry, you are assured of an anxiety-free procedure that works wonders in keeping that winning smile on your face.