Four Reasons To Consider Dental Sedation
Would you rather get assigned to give a public speech in front of a full auditorium, hold a handful of spiders for one hour, or get a dental cleaning?
All three of these are common fears in the United States. If going to the dentist was the last thing you want to do, then you may be suffering from dental anxiety or dental fear.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who are afraid of the dentist, we do hope that you understand the value of coming to see us. We want to help you keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
We also know that dental anxiety affects different patients in different ways, which is why we offer a variety of comfort options for our patients at Hubbard & Leath Dental in Rochester Hills, MI.
Our dentists and our staff will do everything we can to help you feel comfortable. We have televisions in each room and stereo headphones if you want to take your mind off your treatment. We have warm towels when the treatment is over, too.
And for patients who need some assistance staying calm, we offer sedation dentistry.
Common Types Of Sedation
The two most common forms of sedation dentistry we offer are nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.
For many adults and children, nitrous oxide provides just enough relief to ease their minds and allow them to stay in the dentist’s chair for a cleaning or other procedure.
Nitrous oxide is administered after you take your seat. It’s as simple as breathing. We place a mask over your nose. You inhale, and you start to feel light-headed and somewhat euphoric.
You may or may not remember what happens during your procedure. Either way, the nitrous will keep you calm until the treatment is over. Then we simply turn off the gas and remove the mask.
As you breathe out what’s left of the nitrous oxide, you will return to feeling like your normal self.
For patients with higher levels of dental anxiety, we also offer oral conscious sedation. This involves taking a pill before your treatment begins. This too will keep your relaxed throughout your procedure.
It’s important to know that the effects of oral conscious sedation may last for hours after your treatment is over. For that reason, you must have a family member or friend drive you home if you receive this kind of sedation.
Why Should You Consider Sedation
Now that you have an idea how we administer sedation, you may want to know why it can help you.
Again, no two patients are alike, but here are some common reasons that anxious patients may prefer dental sedation.
1. It Will Calm Your Nerves.
People who are anxious can experience a number of symptoms.
You may feel nervous, restless, or tense. You may demonstrate this by gripping the sides of your chair when you come into the dentist office or by feeling “squirmy.”
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may be worried about what the dentist will find or fearful of what the dentist may need to do.
This can lead to a rapid heart rate, hyperventilation, and even trembling. Your dental fear could be triggering the urge to fight or to run away. None of these symptoms are good for you, and they are not good for the dentist or hygienist performing your treatment, either.
It’s much easier to treat a patient who is relaxed in the dentist chair, and either of our sedation options can help induce a state of calm.
2. It Takes Away Your Pain.
In modern dental practices, we have a lot of ways of relieving your pain. New technologies have changed how we perform certain procedures and allowed us to perform older treatments in ways that cause you little or no discomfort.
But dentists have been using sedation because of its anesthetic qualities for more than a century.
Researchers have known about the pain-relieving qualities of nitrous oxide for more than 150 years, and it’s been used to help dental patients for nearly that long, too.
As we have learned more about the benefits of dental sedation, modern dental practices like ours have found ways to make it more effective for our patients.
3. It Can Help You Forget What Is Happening.
If you’ve taken many plane trips, then you may have taken a nap or two during one of your flights. When you went to sleep, it didn’t change anything around you.
The plane was still traveling closer and closer to your destination. The flight attendants were still keeping an eye on you and your fellow travelers.
And you still got where you needed to go.
Dental sedation is kind of like that, too. Many patients don’t remember what happens while they are under sedation.
Even so, your dentist or hygienist is able to perform your cleaning, examination, or other procedure. You get all the benefits of good dental care, but you don’t have to experience the worry that you would have felt if you’d remained fully awake.
4. You Won’t Gag.
A certain segment of people have what is known as a hyperactive gag reflex. If you are one of them, then the idea of going to an office where people want to put a bunch of tools inside your mouth can be terrifying.
By helping you relax, you are much, much less likely to gag. This may be just the thing you need to get the cleaning that you’ve been putting off for years.
And, if we can be frank for a moment, it will make it easier for your dentist or hygienist, too.
It Starts With A Phone Call
Before you dive headlong into your treatment, we encourage you to contact our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI. Our staff will be happy to answer your questions about dental sedation.