Dental sedation refers to the use of special medications that help reduce anxiety during dental procedures. Some patients opt for nitrous oxide or laughing gas, which wears off almost immediately after the procedure. Others choose oral sedation, which typically consists of taking an anti-anxiety medication before the procedure. Others use intravenous sedation to put them in a twilight state.
Wondering if you should talk to your dentist about sedation options? Here are five reasons you should.
1. Your Fear Keeps You Away From the Dentist
Sadly, many people develop anxiety and fear toward the dentist when they are children, and as adults, they let these fears keep them away from the dentist. If this describes your situation, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of people avoid the dentist due to anxiety.
If fear causes you to avoid even routine dental care, you should contact a dentist. Talk to them about your feelings, and ask what they recommend. They may suggest nitrous oxide for general care and oral or IV sedation for when you need work done. Do not let fears jeopardize your oral health.
2. You Feel Anxious When You Hear the Sound of Dental Work
Sometimes, even though a patient cannot feel the work being done due to the administration of local anesthesia, they still experience a lot of anxiety due to the sounds of the drill or other dental equipment. If this applies to you, you may feel fine about going to the dentist for exams and cleanings, but you may feel uncomfortable getting dental work done.
Talk with your dentist about your concerns. They can direct you toward the best sedation options for your situation. If you want to take a conservative approach, you may want to start with nitrous oxide and work your way up to IV sedation is necessary.
3. You Have a Heightened Sensitivity to Pain
Some people feel pain more acutely than others do. This does not mean that you are weak — instead, research indicates that some people simply have brain structures that create a heightened sensitivity to pain.
In relation to dental work, you may notice that you can still feel the work being done even after you receive a local anesthetic. Or, you may notice that the anesthetic wears off more quickly than it should. In these situations, you may need additional anesthesia plus a sedation option that can reduce the pain you feel.
4. You Plan to Get a Long, Involved Dental Procedure
When deciding if dental sedation is right for you, you should also consider the type of procedure you plan to do. For instance, you might be fine with a simple filling, but if you remove your wisdom teeth, you may need to turn to sedation options.
In other situations, you may want to use some type of sedation for every procedure, but you may want to choose a stronger sedation option for longer, more involved procedures. To continue with the above example, you may want to use nitrous oxide for a filling but turn to IV sedation for a wisdom tooth extraction.
5. You Have Circulatory Complications
Although anxiety, fear, and pain are the biggest reasons to use dental sedation, you may also want to use IV sedation if you have certain circulatory complications. Talk with your dentist or oral surgeon about your circulatory issues. Then, ask them if they recommend using IV sedation to stabilize your hemodynamic condition.
Ready to schedule an appointment? Want to talk more about dental sedation? Then, contact us today. At Silverstone Family Dental, we offer a variety of sedation options to meet your unique needs.