It’s a fact that many people find a visit to the dentist nerve-wracking; some almost to the point that they feel physically ill at the thought and this can lead to missed appointments, which in turn can have a detrimental effect on the patient’s dental health.
However, dentists also know how a patient feels about receiving treatment and so to help calm their nerves they can use sedation dentistry to help allay nerves and fears, and make dental visits much easier and comfortable.
Sedation dentistry typically involves a range of medications designed to combat a patient’s anxiety.
Sedation dentistry typically involves a range of medications designed to combat a patient’s anxiety. These medications come from a family of drugs called benzodiazepines, which are a form of anti-anxiety drugs and are used to help patients feel more relaxed. Medications used in sedation dentistry also have the effect of inducing a short-term amnesiac effect, so patients have little recollection of their treatment afterwards, preventing the possibility of negative thoughts or flashbacks, which could hinder future treatments.
Sedation dentistry medication can be delivered intravenously, via a breathable gas – usually nitrous oxide – or for the squeamish, in pill format. Each delivery method has its own advantages, and one may be more suitable to the type of treatment the patient requires than others. To ensure the patient gets the right form of sedation, a discussion with the dentist about the treatment is necessary to determine the best method to administer the sedative.
Although the term ‘sedation dentistry’ implies that the patient will be asleep during the treatment, this is not the case and the patient will remain conscious during their procedure. Sedation dentistry allows for full communication between patient and dentist and doesn’t compromise or restrict the patient’s airways, both of which can happen under general anaesthetic, and so is considered a safer alternative than full unconsciousness during treatment.
Sedation dentistry can be complimented with local anaesthetic to reduce the likliehood of patient discomfort during treatment, and is suitable for most treatments from a routine scale and polish right through to the most complex dental surgeries, such as dental implant surgery.
But of course, maintaining a good level of dental hygiene coupled with regular visits to a dentist for periodic check-ups can help reduce the likelihood of a patient needing sedation dentistry in the first place, but if nerves are getting the better of you about a dental treatment, it is worth considering sedation dentistry for your treatment.
To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry inTulsa, please contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-743-9924.
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.