A trip to the dentist may be a child or adult’s biggest nightmare. Just the thought of having a complete stranger pull your teeth out with forceps is not exactly what dreams are made of. In fact, a lot of people would prefer the agony of a toothache than visit the dentist, and that just makes everything worse. The widespread phobia of dentists has tattooed itself into the minds of both children and adults, making them avoid visits like the plague.
For people who tense with fear every time the need for a visit to the dentist occurs, here is a solution to doing what needs to be done without the added anxiety that comes with it. Sedation dentistry can make patients relax in the dental chair. It is exactly what it sounds like, and you will not even have to stay awake during the entire process.
Although the mention of sedatives may indeed seem like a big scare to some, sedatives can be used for all kinds of procedures in both medical and dental fields. Sedation can be used for a wide range of dental procedures, from simple tooth cleanings and invasive techniques, to helping tense patients relax in the dental chair. It allows specially trained dentists to create a safe and relaxed dental experience for patients who normally avoid the dentist out of fear and anxiety.
The use of sedatives reduces a patientâs sense of pain, and helps them relax by slowing the action of the central nervous system. This keeps them in a relaxed state all throughout the procedure, but does not necessarily make them lose consciousness.
Sedation dentistry is most suitable for patients with generalized anxiety, dental trauma, belonephobia (the fear of sharp instruments), and a generalized fear of the dentist. Patients who cannot sit still in the dental chair, and those who need a considerable amount of dental work done are also given sedatives to help them relax during the entire process. Now and then, children are given sedation whenever they refuse to cooperate during visits or are terrified of going to the dentist. Sedative dentistry also finds itself beneficial to those with very sensitive teeth, bad gag reflexes and a low pain threshold.
The fear of going to the dentist is very real to many people, and it often results to the deterioration of their dental health, which in turn may affect their self-esteem as well. There is always a risk in using sedatives. However, it is usually safe when given by experienced dentists who specialize in sedative dentistry.
When it all comes down to it, sedative dentistry has helped millions of people around the world. It has helped patients conquer their fears, and has also helped many cope with numerous dental procedures. So do not be afraid to visit your dentist the next time around, or do your research to locate a sedation dentist near you.