For many people their fear of the dentist does not fade as they grow older. Many adults put off dental appointments because of the anxiety they feel about visiting the dentist. Luckily for them, sedation dentistry now allows appropriately trained dentists to create a comfortable and safe dental experience. By creating a more comfortable environment, dentists are seeing more and more adults who have avoided the dentist out of fear come back for dental exams and cleanings.
Any type of sedative is a medication that helps patients relax by slowing the action of the central nervous system. For people who need help relaxing, an oral sedative can be used in the dentist’s office to simply help people remain calm during their appointment. For many, the sound of the dentist’s drill or the sight/smell of the materials causes anxiety and does not make for an optimal appointment. Not only can a person not relax, but dentists and dental hygienists can not do their job well. Sedatives allow the appointment to be successful for both the patients and dental professionals.
Some people find that they need more than just an oral sedative. They do not want to be aware of anything going on, no matter how relaxed they may feel. IV sedation is available at some dental practices. This method of sedation allows for the patient to be put fully under so that s/he does not have any awareness of her/his surroundings. Patients and dentists are both able to have a successful cleaning, without the difficulties that fear and anxiety produce.
If you need to see the dentist but are anxious or afraid of making or keeping your appointment, call your dental office to enquire about their sedation options. You may find that maintaining your optimal oral health is easier with sedation dentistry. And remember, optimal oral health promotes optimal health for your entire body.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
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