According to a survey, almost 9 to 15 percent of Americans fear a visit to the dentist. The high level of anxiety may be due to the fear of pain, embarrassment or loss of control. Whatever the reason, not visiting a dentist when you need to can cause serious problems.
Whether your teeth have turned yellow or you have a bad toothache due to a plaque, you want to restore that beautiful smile. The advances in medical science have given rise to ‘Sedation Dentistry’. Let’s take a look at what it is and how it can help you overcome anxiety on the big day:
What Sedation Dentistry Is
Sedation Dentistry employs the use of medication to calm a patient down during the dental procedure. It is different from general anesthesia in which patients lose consciousness. Depending on the choice of patients, sedation can vary from minimal and moderate to deep.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Following are the three common types of sedation dentistry used to relieve patients of their anxieties:
In this type of sedation, a pill is given to the patient that puts him/her in a calm, relaxed state. It does not involve the use of needles and allows the patient to be in a responsive state, yet unable to feel any pain.
Commonly known as the laughing gas, Nitrous Oxide gives the patient a very pleasant and relaxed sensation. The doctor can do the job while the patient remains calm and serene.
This is used in cases of extreme anxiety. A sedative drug is administered through the veins. This is done for a quick impact.
When Sedation Can Be Useful
Sedation can help if:
- You think you cannot overcome your fear.
- You really do not want to be aware of what happens during the procedure.
- It’s an invasive procedure and you won’t be able to handle it.
- You really want to get your teeth fixed in emergency but feel anxious.
- You are well aware of the process of sedation dentistry and think that it will work.