Sedation dentistry* also known as ‘relaxation dentistry’, is an area of treatment for patients whose visit to the dental office can cause a notable degree of anxiety. Whatever negative connotations or worries a visit to the dental office triggers for you, sedation dentistry alternatives can help remove worry and fear from the experience entirely.
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(Always ensure your dentist or dental practitioner is fully licensed and certified by the state’s governing body. Adult conscious sedation is a specialized field, requiring specific training and registration.)
Some of the factors which compel patients to opt for sedation dentistry, include:
Fear of going to the dentist
Aversion to objects in the mouth, or sensitive gag reflex
Aching and tension in the jaw, or elsewhere during treatment
Limited range of movement in the back and neck
High tolerance for anesthesia
Prolonged treatment plan
Multiple treatments planned over short time frame
Talk to your dentist ahead of each appointment, about feelings of apprehension related to the prospect of undergoing treatment of any kind, even a simple check up or cleaning. We are accustomed to supporting patients who are nervous about an upcoming procedure, and committed to finding a solution for your particular circumstances, to allay fears, panic, and anxiety.
Relaxants come in many different forms; for those afraid of needles, an oral elixir or inhalation version is available. Sedatives are administered using different methods, such as orally or sublingually (under the tongue) to deliver a non-invasive, effective relaxant to eliminate the stress you associate with dental visits. Depending on the nature or level of your anxiety or fear, it’s even possible to receive an amnesiac sedative; one which will both relax the patient fully while undergoing treatment, and eradicate almost any memory of the process. Whatever your level of fear or trepidation, we are committed to supporting you through what we know is a very difficult experience for some.
Like other fears, the apprehensions many feel about going to the dentist, is usually linked to a past experience. The inability to overcome misgivings, can lead to severe dental health problems, and have a detrimental effect on the patient’s career and relationships. Dental and oral issues left unattended, can result in poor hygiene and facial appearance, and create the potential for sporadic toothache.
Many patients report that the negative association with going to the dentist stems from childhood. Often a parent’s fears can be passed down to their children. Because of this pattern, sometimes we see patients who have not visited the dentist for a considerable length of time, and as a result, their fear has increased, imagining the treatments, which may be required, after stacking up over a period of time.
Dental technologies have come a long way. Talk to us about how we can help you overcome your fears and worries, transform your smile, and embrace a whole new understanding and even enjoyment, of going to the dentist. If you can overcome your fear of coming to talk to us, we can take the fear of coming to see us away altogether.