Many people are so frightened of the dentist that they decide not to go for any dental treatment. Dental procedures are being put off because they used to be very uncomfortable.Norcross Dental Associates, is here to make your dental experience comfortable and pain free.
Fear no more because there is already a solution to this problem of anxiety. Sedation dentistry could be the answer you need to make that dentist appointment happen and we have it here at Norcross.
Sedation Dentistry refers to the use of a class of drugs called Sedatives to calm a patient or put him/her to a relaxed state, almost like sleep, before and during a dental appointment. It enables the individuals who are afraid to go to the dentist to get the treatment they need while avoiding dental phobia. Sedatives focus on depressing the central nervous system to allow patients to feel relaxed, and have a safe and comfortable dental experience. For many patients, the effects of dental sedation lasts for around two to four hours.
Who can have sedation?
Sedation is most appropriate for people with real anxiety that keeps them from going to the dentist. It may also be appropriate for the following people:
- have a low pain threshold
- can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
- have very sensitive teeth
- have a bad gag reflex
- need a large amount of dental work completed
Below are the instances when sedation is best useful:
- You don’t want to be aware of what’s happening during a procedure
- you want a little help to relax – “laughing gas” can give you a pleasant relaxed feeling
- you have a “gut feeling” that sedation would help you and allow you to get work done which otherwise you wouldn’t be able to tolerate
- your fear is procedure-specific (e. g. needles, extractions), especially if you know that the fear would still exist in the presence of an empathetic dentist and adequate pain-control
- you perceive your fears to be completely irrational and not helped by either an empathetic dentist or psychological techniques
- you have other mental health problems and you feel you’d benefit from sedation
- your primary aim is “to get your teeth fixed” as quickly as possible, for example because you’re very busy or you’ve got an important social event coming up
- it’s an invasive or unpleasant procedure such as more complex extractions
What are the forms of sedation dentistry?
- Inhalation Conscious Sedation – this is also known as Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous oxide, commonly and inappropriately called laughing gas, has been used by dentists for nearly 100 years.It is an excellent pain reliever but a less effective anti-anxiety. It is administered through a nasal hood, which is similar to a small cup placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide is relatively safe because it is mixed directly with oxygen to provide you with a feeling of euphoria or light-headedness. All bodily functions remain essentially normal. You may experience a tingling sensation from the use of nitrous oxide. However, its effects wear off almost immediately so there is no “hangover effect.”
- Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation also known as “Deep Conscious Sedation” – is used by some dentists, and surgical specialists like oral surgeons and periodontists who must undertake specialized training and certification in IV use. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream intravenously (intra-within, venous-vein). The main advantage of this method is that it works immediately and the level of sedation can be adjusted quickly and easily. There is a higher degree of risk associated with IV sedation since normal bodily functions especially heart rate, blood pressure and breathing can be altered necessitating specialized monitoring equipment. The drugs used for IV Sedation are more potent when given this way than when taken orally and amnesia may be more profound.
You can always talk to our dentists here at Norcross Dental Associates about your fears and concerns so we can decide together on the treatment plan that is best for you. We have safe and time tested options available to ensure that you have a positive, relaxed and painless experience. You are not alone and you do not have to fear anymore. Feel free to reach out to our office.