If your dental visits often make you feel apprehensive or incite feelings of nervousness or anxiety, you are not alone. Almost 30% of Americans feel nervous or worried when they visit the dentist.
At Arden Dental Care, we use sedation dentistry to provide our patients with a comfortable dental experience, allowing them to rest and relax during dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry uses sedatives to reduce pain and discomfort in a patient during dental treatment. Various sedation methods that can be used in procedures ranging from simple dental cleaning to complex, invasive treatments like tooth extraction are available to put the patients in a relaxed state.
Sedation dentistry offers various benefits; some of them are the following:
Lots of people around the world have dental anxiety or dental phobia. Hence, people may skip dental checkups, putting their dental health at risk. Sedation dentistry helps patients overcome dental anxiety by putting them into a calm, relaxed state of mind before, during, and after dental treatment.
If you are someone with sensitive teeth, low thresholds to pain, or sensitive gag reflex, dental sedation by itself can decrease discomfort and distress, thus allowing you to stay calm during dental procedures. However, for invasive, complex treatments, patients might need anesthetics to manage their pain.
Lengthy dental procedures can make some patients feel nervous and uncomfortable. When sedation dentistry puts the patient in a relaxed state, the dentist can quickly perform treatments without any patient intervention. Thus, a calm atmosphere saves time and guarantees better results from dental procedures. Besides, sedation dentistry will allow dentists to perform multiple procedures simultaneously as the patients can sit comfortably in the chair for lengthy hours, thus reducing the number of required dental visits.
The effects of sedation dentistry wear off fast, in less than 30 minutes. This allows dentists to observe the patients and ensure that they are fit before discharging them. However, for quite some time, the patient may experience a feeling of sleepiness. The medication used in sedation dentistry has very rare side effects; the major is shivering and headaches. Since it takes almost 24 hours to flush the sedative from your system thoroughly, the dentists would advise the patients not to involve in strenuous activities during the recovery process.
Various sedation dentistry options are available depending on the patient's fears, worries, and the type of procedure they undergo. For patients who fear the feeling of being too sedated, our dentist will recommend laughing gas instead of oral or IV sedation. However, IV sedation is preferred if the patient suffers from severe dental anxiety and fear.
Before undergoing any dental treatments that involve sedation or anesthetic, inform your dentist about your current medications or continuing medical treatments.
Want to know more about sedation dentistry? Call Arden Dental care at (916) 481-2001 to schedule an appointment.
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