Among the most common phobias and fears, visiting the dentist often ranks high on the list of causing many people severe anxiety and stress. For a growing number of people, this anxiety causes people to postpone and cancel their regular dental check ups. By foregoing dental visits people are missing out on their necessary cleanings and dental exams and are becoming more and more susceptible to periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other oral issues. Luckily there has been a rise of awareness of those with dental phobias. If you find yourself feeling anxious about the thought of keeping your scheduled dental appointment and are thinking about canceling your appointment, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method is available for you.
IV sedation dentistry allows dentists to have control over a patient’s relaxation level so that they can tailor the sedation to a patient’s needs. Some patients just need something to “take the edge off” of their anxiety, and a small amount of sedation is necessary. Other patients find that they need to be fully put to sleep in order for the dentist to do a thorough cleaning and exam (and any other necessary oral procedure), and they are given a higher level of sedation for them to fall asleep completely.
People’s levels of anxiety generally help to determine dosage, which in turn determines their consciousness level during their dental appointments. A responsible adult who can drive patients to and from their appointment and who can spend some time with them after their appointment until the sedative wears off is required for all patients who undergo sedation dental appointments.
If you find that you would rather cancel your dental appoint than keep it due to fear or anxiety, talk to your dentist about IV sedation. Through a consultation, your dentist can gage your anxiety level and help determine the level of sedation you will need for a successful, comfortable cleaning.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
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