Many people are afraid of going to the dentist. If you break out in a cold sweat, put off dental appointments, and/or refuse to go to the dentist unless it’s an emergency – you may be a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that allows patients to be “psychologically unaware” of what’s happening to them in the dentist chair. Sedation dentistry is often described as not a type of dentistry, but dentistry for specific types of patients.
Sedation can be useful to patients if they do not want to be aware of what is happening to them at all during any type of procedure. This can be a cavity filling or a simple cleaning. Many patients feel that they simply need to be able to “relax” in the dentist chair in order to have a cleaning done. Fear of needles is also a common factor for people to choose sedation during dental procedures. There are also mental health problems that can make cleaning the teeth difficult for the patient as well as a dentist, so sedation is often recommended during these appointments.
Sedation dentistry is not for everyone, and many doctors are not in favor of just anyone being allowed to undergo sedation for simple dental procedures. Talk with your primary doctor and your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Sometimes, simply stating your anxiety and making your dentist aware of your feelings can go a long way in alleviating the stress of going to the dentist. If this is not the case for you, sedation dentistry can be very beneficial to those who truly need it.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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