Do you struggle to visit the dentist? Does the thought of sitting in a dental chair terrify you? There are a range of reasons why people fear the dentist and avoid visiting regularly.
However, did you know that there are sedation options to allow you to relax and feel comfortable?
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the administering of sedatives, either in the form of inhalable, oral or intravenous. The aim of the sedatives is to make anxious and fearful dental patients feel relaxed and comfortable in the dental chair.
Under sedation, your dental procedure will be relaxed, and you won’t suffer from anxiety and fears throughout the procedure.
Sedation dental options:
Nitrous oxide gas
Otherwise known as laughing gas, a mask with a combined flow of oxygen and nitrous oxide is placed over your nose. This gas helps you to relax and is under complete control by the dentist.
After the treatment and the flow of gas is stopped, it will wear off quickly and you will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral sedation is usually in the form of a pill and is taken around one hour prior to your treatment. Oral sedatives tend to make you drowsy, however you will still be awake during the procedure. Some patients may fall asleep from oral sedation but can be woken up easily.
You must arrange for someone else to drive you home after oral sedation, you cannot drive yourself.
Local anaesthesia is used to make the specific section of your body that is being treated on to be temporarily unable to feel sensation. This is used during procedures such as fillings, crown placement and root canals.
The effects of local anaesthesia will last around two to four hours.
IV sedation (twilight sedation)
The intravenous (IV) sedation is administered through the vein and works very quickly. This form can have you from either almost unconscious or unconscious during the dental procedure, depending on the level of sedation being administered.
You cannot be awakened until the effects wear off and you must organise someone else to drive you home. You are not allowed to drive after receiving IV sedation.
What causes dental anxiety?
There are multiple reasons which can cause people to fear visiting the dentist, including all of the following:
Fear of pain
Fear of dental needles
Loss of control in dental chair
Sensory onslaught by dental drills and instruments
Bad past experiences at the dentist
Embarrassment due to dental health
At Oracare we can ensure you to not worry as we can take your fears away. For patients who are embarrassed about their dental health, don’t be as it’s our job to help you improve your oral health.
Is sedation dentistry for everyone?
No, not all sedation options are available to everyone and not every patient is suitable.
Your eligibility to have dental treatment under sedation depends on your current health and wellbeing. The best way to find out if you are suitable for sedation is to speak to the team at Oracare.
Speak to Oracare about sedation dentistry
If you’re interested in pain-free dentistry, then get in touch with the team at Oracare to enquire about our sedation options and if you are suitable. Our team of expert dentists can take your dental fears away and let you feel relaxed and calm throughout your treatment.
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