Does the thought of going to the dentist to have your teeth checked and cleaned make you shiver to the bones? Does it make your whole body feel tensed with fear that things might go wrong? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache than to see your dentist? You are not alone with this dilemma. In fact, there are so many people around the world who choose to suffer from dental problems than going to the dentist to seek treatment.
Because the increase in the number of individuals who have dental phobia has become slow yet steady in the last couple of years, dental professionals had to come up with new ways to help people and their dental anxiety. This is when the practice of sedation dentistry comes in. People who avoid the dentist like the plague, sedation dentistry will help take their anxiety away enough to have a dental treatment done.
Sedation can be used for patients of all ages. It can be used to treat any dental problem too. From the simple tooth cleaning to the most invasive of dental treatments, sedation dentistry is a practice that can help patients undergo these procedures without fear or anxiety. How dentist uses it and the dosage of the anesthesia depends on the severity of the patient’s concern.
But what does it mean to undergo dental treatment when you’re sedated? Sedation dentistry uses medication to help the patient relax or fall asleep before the procedure begins. With the aid of the prescribed anesthesia, the patient is put to sleep and stays asleep throughout the treatment to reduce anxiety attacks while being treated. Contrary to popular belief that sedation dentistry is when a patient is put to sleep, dentists say that the patient is only put in an unconscious state so that the dentist can do what needs to be done.
How does sedation dentistry help you relax? Because you are unconscious of what is being done to your teeth and you can’t hear the tools and other devices that the dentist uses, you can relax in a way. You wouldn’t know what it took to finish the treatment until the dentist is done. Dental treatments may sound a bit too scary for some, and it is perfectly reasonable to fear the things you know very little about.