Let’s start this one off by saying that you’ve got nothing to be afraid of at Statline Dental — we’ll always endeavor to be as gentle and sensitive with your dental care as possible. Still, we get it. A lot of people have apprehensions about getting in the chair and spending time with their dentist.
Studies suggest said that somewhere between 9 and 15% of Americans are afraid to visit their dentist…so afraid that they often opt to avoid visiting the dentist at all — even if it’s for something as simple as a cleaning!
There are many reasons why every American should visit their dentist, if only for an easy check up or a basic cleaning: early signs of tooth decay can be detected and prevented, gum disease can be detected and treated, severe dental disease can be detected, and perhaps most importantly, we’ll help you keep those pearly whites as shiny as possible!
So, What is Sedation Dentistry?
The first thing to know is that some folks are a little mislead by the term “Sedation or Sedative Dentistry,” because they think that it means they will be put under for the duration of their dental examination or procedure. More often than not, patients will actually only be medicated to the point that they are awake for the purpose of their visit, but they are relaxed. Unfortunately, the word sedation has often been conflated with full anesthesia… general anesthesia is what’s used when patients are made unconscious for their visit.
With that in mind, there are actually a few different mild sedatives that can be used to ease the minds of more anxious patients! In fact, you may have seen one in a few internet memes or viral videos.
Inhaled sedation (sometimes called laughing gas) is an easily controlled sedative that helps the patient enter a relaxed state. Generally speaking, the gas wears off fairly quickly. In some cases, the patient can even drive themselves home after their procedure or visit. (sedative dentistry)
Other mild to moderate sedatives include those that can be ingested orally or intravenously. When it comes to sedatives that are taken in the form of a pill, the patient will generally be made drowsy, but likely won’t fall asleep — though, it’s not unheard of!!
When injected through an IV, sedatives are not always considered to be general anesthetics. In fact, your dentist can control the dosage administered very carefully through this method.
Sedation Dentistry is a very good option for people who have generalized anxiety, and is in fact used quite frequently for children who have fears or misconceptions about their time in the chair at the dentist’s office.
In any case, Sedation Dentistry should demonstrate to all Americans that there should be no obstacle between you and well-spent time getting that crucial dental care that we all need.
Get in touch with Stateline Dental today — we can discuss the options you have if you suffer from dentistry-related anxiety or fear. We look forward to seeing you and providing you with optimal, personalized care.