If you start to tremble when the dentist’s office calls your house and you can barely handle hearing the sound of grinding drills and slurping suction hoses, you are not alone.
Thousands of people all over the country get anxious even when someone mentions “The Dentist.”
We all know that there is nothing to fear in a visit to the dentist, but some people, just can’t shake the queasy feeling they get when they sit down in a dentist’s chair so for these people there is sedation dentistry.
Everyone knows that healthy teeth and gums contribute to a great physical appearance and a healthy body, so there is no way around going to the dentist. Unless you are willing to live your life toothless, eating porridge for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you have to make regular dentist appointments part of your routine.
So if you are one of the people that dreads drills, but wants to do away with decay you should start to explore sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry allows patients to become drowsy and, in most cases, sleep right through their dental procedures. The actual process involves patients taking an analgesic or sedative about an hour before their procedure. The sedative or analgesic can sometimes be administered in a pill form, while other times it will be administered intravenously. When the medication kicks in the patient usually becomes extremely relaxed and drifts into a sleep-like state. When they become coherent after surgery most patients have no memory of their procedure at all.
Patients who opt for sedation dentistry are usually reminded to have someone around to drive them home after their dental appointments because typically sedatives will take several hours to completely wear off.
If you are someone who cringes at the sounds in dental offices and has a fear of needles, someone who has sensitive teeth or someone who is immune to the numbing effects of typical freezing techniques you might be a candidate for sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is not for everyone, but for those who have been avoiding getting their teeth fixed because of fear, paranoia or discomfort this method can be extremely beneficial.
So if you are ready to embrace healthy teeth and gums, relax, with sedation dentistry you will drift away into dreamland and wake up with a sparkling, new smile.