dental phobia

Can Sedation Dentistry Really Stop A Fear Of The Dentist?

The name “sedation dentistry” alone sounds a bit ominous. You’re likely assuming it refers to an act where you’re put to sleep when you’re in the dentist’s chair, but that’s a bit of an exaggeration. There are actually multiple options available when it comes to just how far under patients can be placed.

Most patients are actually still lucid during sedation dentistry. A more complete form of anesthesia is indeed available for those that can only get the procedure if they’re asleep.

There is typically a form of optional sedation for every single form of dental procedure, even routine cleanings. Your dentist will likely take a look at the work you need and then address whatever anxieties you may have. Your level of required sedation will be sorted out rather quickly from there. Your potential options include:

  • Minor Sedation This leaves the patient awake, but relaxed enough to alleviate normal anxieties. “Laughing gas” is perhaps the most well known form.
  • Moderate Sedation With moderate sedation, the patient is left awake but out of it enough to slur words and even forget they were ever at the dentist at all.
  • Deep Sedation Deep sedation leaves patients conscious, but only barely so. People that receive this often fall asleep on their own accord.
  • General Anesthesia With general anesthesia, the patient will become completely unconscious for the duration of the procedure.

All of these options have been used for quite some time when dealing with more extreme dental treatments. As a fear of dentist appointments seemed to grow exponentially over time however, they become more widely used even for basic procedures.

Does Sedation Really Help?

There are actually three primary ways in which sedation dentistry helps dental patients greatly. These include:

1 – The removal of anxiety and pain.

Even mild forms of sedation are able to ease tension and relax muscles. The mouth can be numbed, mitigating any sensations of pain.

2 – No memories of the treatment.

Many people develop their fear of the dentist after bad experiences during childhood. Any background of dentist-related trauma can cause extreme hesitation. If a form of sedation that’s powerful enough to essentially erase the entire treatment, there will be less likelihood of developing any further aversions.

3 – The dentist’s job will be much easier.

Patients that are exceedingly anxious about their procedure tend to give the dentist quite a hard time. Rather than having to struggle, sedation allows the dentist to get the job done more effectively. This is especially useful for anyone with short attention spans or more serious impairments.

For more information about dental sedation at CitiDental please call us to go over all available options.