A study by BMC Oral Health in 2018 stated that 83% of participants suffered from dental anxiety. And according to Dental Products Report, one-third of the U.S. population suffers from dental anxiety or fear. This trend is universal with dental anxiety, the fear or stress of being in a dentist's office, being quite common. Having dental anxiety can lead you to avoid getting oral treatment and harm your dental health. Sedation is a common practice in dentistry that helps numb pain. Here’s how it work:
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry utilizes medication to help patients relax during dental treatments. Different levels of sedation are used to numb patients depending on the type of procedure. Minimal sedation numbs the patients, while on the other hand, general anesthesia makes the patients unconscious.
Along with levels, there are also different sedation methods such as inhaled sedation, also known as "laughing gas," which is a minimal sedation method that wears off quickly and does not make you unconscious. Oral sedation uses a pill to make you drowsy long enough for the doctors to perform the procedure. Lastly, general sedation is used to make patients completely unconscious during the procedure.
Sedation has many benefits, especially in dentistry. These include:
Anxious about your upcoming dental checkup? Don't worry. Sedation dentistry can help you relax and be calm during your dental procedures. You’ll either be too numb or unconscious to feel any needles or drills poking and prodding around in your mouth. Sedation will help you overcome your fear of dental work, and you’ll be keen on keeping your dental health in check.
Easy to operate
Sedation dentistry is not only useful for you but also for your doctors. Being restless during a can cause more harm than good. Sedation allows your dentist to work efficiently without being disturbed.
Pain relief and rest
Sedation is also used to numb your pain, so you don't feel anything during or after the procedure. You can rest without being in discomfort while your mouth heals.
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