According to the ADA, one of the top reasons why people don’t visit their dentist is fear. In fact, in a survey conducted by the Health Policy Institute, 22% of participants said they forego dental appointments simply out of fear.
So is there a dental care solution for anxiety ridden patients? Indeed there is, and it’s called sedation dentistry.
Are You a Candidate?
Sedation dentistry is for anyone who:
1. Has a fear of invasive dental procedures or needles
2. Has had a negative experience with dental care in the past
3. Has a gag reflex
4. Wants to spend minimum time at a dental facility
If you fit any of these criteria, you can look into sedation dentistry to sedate your fears!
How Does it Work?
Your dentist usually takes your medical history and discusses the benefits and consequences of sedation dentistry before a procedure. They also address your concerns regarding the intensity and duration of the procedure you’ve signed up for.
Once you’ve understood the details and have agreed to an anxiety-free dental procedure, you can schedule an appointment with your dentist; have a friend accompany you for moral support (and to drive you back, since you won’t be able to steer the wheel immediately after).
The best dental clinics make sure to provide you with a relaxed and comfortable environment to calm your nerves before the procedure takes place. They also monitor your stats and vitals while you’re sedated.
As for the process of being sedated, the dentist will give you oral medication or nitrous oxide gas, depending on the situation and procedure!
What Makes a Good Sedation Dentist?
A good and reliable sedation dentist will have years of experience in the field and will have training received from a well-known sedation institute. Moreover, they’ll make sure to make you feel comfortable with their interpersonal skills and general empathy, rather than dismissing your fears.
Dr. Sarfaraz at Advanced Dental Center checks all the boxes for a good sedation dentist. She has been trained by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation Institute and has been practicing anxiety-free dentistry for more than 15 years now, so she knows what she’s doing.
Moreover, she understands how nerve-wracking dental procedures can be for some of us so she usually prescribes relaxing medication for the night before the procedure to calm your nerves and offer you a good night’s sleep before the big day.