Fear of the dentist or of dental procedures is not uncommon. In fact, about half of Americans are said to have some level of dental anxiety. The problem is, many people do not undergo necessary dental treatment because of these fears. The good news is, there are a variety of sedation dentistry techniques that can help you enjoy an incredibly relaxed, pain-free visit to the dentist. Our team of dentists offer advanced sedation dentistry techniques to help you forget about the treatment process and attain the dental care you need.
Please contact True Dentistry for more information on our sedation (sleep) dentistry techniques.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
The main goal of any sedation dentistry is to place the patient in a comfortable, relaxed state for the duration of the visit. When you feel completely at ease, the dentist can complete necessary dental work more quickly and efficiently, which can minimize the amount of time you spend in the dentist’s chair and may even reduce the total number of office visits you need to complete your treatment plan.
Sedation dentistry can be used to manage a number of common anxieties people experience at the dentist’s office, including:
- Fear of needles
- Tooth or gum sensitivity
- An overactive gag reflex
- Aversion to the sounds, smells, and tastes of a dentist’s office
- Difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
- Memories of being uncomfortable during previous dental visits
When dental anxiety is so severe that patients choose to delay or avoid treatment, they often start to experience daily discomfort or pain caused by their untreated dental conditions. Sedation dentistry allows those who suffer from dental phobia to overcome their fear of the dentist and receive the treatment they need.
When mild dental problems are permitted to advance, more complex and costly dental procedures may be required in the future in order to fully restore oral health. By pursuing prompt treatment of mild or moderate dental problems with the help of sedation dentistry, you can greatly improve your dental health and overall quality of life, while preventing future dental concerns.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Most patients who experience moderate to severe dental anxiety are good candidates for sedation dentistry. Candidates for sedation dentistry may be in need of a restorative treatment such as dental implants, or electing to undergo a cosmetic treatment such as porcelain veneers. Prior to treatment, Dr. Willardsen will carefully review your medical history and any current medications to make sure the chosen sedation dentistry technique is compatible and can best meet your needs. For individuals who have a history of sleep apnea or other problematic health conditions, Dr. Willardsen may recommend consulting your primary care physician to prevent possible complications.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation can be a very effective way of helping you relax during dental treatment. This method of sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep; however, it does induce a state of extreme relaxation – so much so that you may not even be aware the procedure is taking place. You will be given a small pill to take about an hour before your treatment. Once the procedure begins, you should not feel any pain or discomfort. Although you will be nearly asleep during the procedure, you will not be unconscious, and you will be able to communicate with Dr. Willardsen and members of our dental team. We will monitor you throughout the treatment process to make sure everything is running smoothly. It will take some time for the effects of oral conscious sedation to wear off, so you will need to arrange for someone to take you home.
After-Effects of Sedation Dentistry
With oral conscious sedation, patients typically find that they do not remember the details of their procedure. It is also common to feel drowsy for several hours after oral conscious sedation is administered, and many patients are inclined to rest or take a nap once they return home. Due to these lingering effects, patients must have a friend or family member drive them home after treatment. Some patients who opt for oral conscious sedation may experience additional side effects that can include lightheadedness, dry-mouth, or mild headaches. Should these side effects occur, they typically dissipate very quickly.
Contact True Dentistry
To find out more about our sedation dentistry options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please contact True Dentistry.