Nervous patients in Wallington experience more comfortable dental treatments with sedation dentistry
By Dr. Suril Amin
Are you nervous about going to the dentist? You are not alone. Dental anxiety is a common occurrence and can result in many adults avoiding necessary dental treatments, which can increase the risk of serious oral conditions. If you have dental phobia or anxiety, you don’t have to let it get in the way of your health. At Sensational Smiles, using sedation dentistry, we help patients in the Wallington area get the care they need to prevent serious oral health issues in the future.
The many benefits of sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax. The level of sedation differs based upon the different forms of medication used:
Choosing which method of sedation to use varies, based upon the individual’s anxiety level along with the treatments being performed. Sedation can help in all types of procedures, from regular exams and cleanings all the way through extensive restoration work.
The first step to sedation dentistry involves a consultation with the dentist. During this meeting we will discuss your medical history including any history of cardiac disease, diabetes, or respiratory issues, as some of these conditions can impact your ability to receive dental sedation.
Reducing or eliminating fear is the most significant benefit of sedation dentistry. For some, their anxiety only causes pre-treatment jitters. For others, the fear can cause paralyzing anxiety. There are many other benefits to receiving sedation dentistry.
Having sensitive teeth and gums can lead to an uncomfortable dental appointment. Patients who suffer from this can benefit from a very light type of sedation that leaves them alert, but unaware of the treatment. Following the procedure, patients will have little to no memory of the procedure.
Not too long ago, patients in need of extensive dental work would often have to schedule multiple appointments. While this is still the case for some situations, dentists can perform more dental work in a single procedure using sedation dentistry. Sedation keeps patients relaxed and comfortable enough, so dentists can work for longer. This is vital when it comes to multistep restorations. Patients can overcome their fear and have restored oral health in much less time.
Eliminates gag reflexes
Patients who have a strong gag reflex are often especially uncomfortable at the dentist’s office. Procedures such as impressions, fillings, and x-rays can induce a choking response that causes physical and emotional stress to the patient. Light sedation through oral medications or nitrous oxide can eliminate the gag reflex and allow patients more comfort during their appointments.
Allows patients to cope with sensory overload
For many patients, the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office produce a sensory overload that leads to anxiety. Sedatives can produce calming feelings that reduces the patients’ response to the anxiety that stems from the sounds of the dental drill, the strong smell of antiseptics, and even the bright dental lights. This is especially helpful for individuals with general anxiety disorders that have issues with triggering stimuli resulting in strong reactions.
At Sensational Smiles we understand the far-reaching impact of dental phobia, which is why we are happy to provide different options for sedation. Our goal is to make dental care comfortable, relaxing, and non-traumatic for patients in Wallington and the surrounding communities. We want all our patients to feel comfortable discussing their fear or anxiety openly with any member of our staff. Our entire team is trained in helping patients navigate the complex world of dental anxiety.
Once we understand more about your individual situation, we can make recommendations for sedation options that will allow you to receive the care that you need.
If you are sitting at home, reading this article, and nodding along, it’s time to call us to schedule an appointment to learn more about sedation. By calling us, you’re taking the first step to having a beautiful, healthy smile.
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