It’s not uncommon for you to feel fear and anxiety when faced with a trip to the dentist. It’s not something everyone is comfortable with, and no one is judging you for being afraid. The unknown is often a terrifying experience, though dental work is commonly done every day on millions of patients without any issues. Dental anxiety, however, is a real form of anxiety, and we do not take that lightly at Wilson Dental. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry to patients who experience this very real form of anxiety. This type of anxiety is all it takes to keep people out of the dental chair, which causes them to ignore their dental health needs. This is a dangerous situation, but it’s common. If you are too scared to sit in the dental chair, you are not taking proper care of your teeth and gums, and you’re putting your health at risk.
Furthermore, once you avoid going to the dentist for years, you might be too embarrassed to make an appointment. Everyone knows dental health is so important to your overall health, and no one wants to call the dentist to admit that they are scared of the chair and haven’t been taking care of their teeth in years. Don’t be embarrassed. It’s never too late to start taking care of your teeth by visiting your dentist. We welcome you, and we are proud of you for taking the first step to overcoming your fears and taking care of your oral health. We offer sedation dentistry options just for you.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
There are various levels of sedation dentistry, and we won’t know what level you need until you come into the office and we have a chance to get to know you. Once we get to know you, we can determine which level of sedation is going to make you most comfortable in the chair.
Minimal Sedation: This type of therapy is used for those who are fearful of the chair, but are comfortable being awake and relaxed. This is easily done by giving you a medication that helps you stay calm and relaxed, though you are not asleep. You don’t feel fear or pain while you’re in this state.
Moderation Sedation: This is sometimes called conscious sedation due to the fact that it allows you to stay awake, but you are not alert or focused. You might slur, you might not remember the procedure, and you won’t feel anything because you are so relaxed.
Deep Sedation: This is used when someone is so fearful that they cannot be fully awake even in a relaxed state. This type of sedation puts you at the edge of consciousness, but you are not in a deep sleep.
General Anesthesia: You are completely asleep and unable to function during this procedure. It’s not commonly used, but it is something used in the most severe circumstances in patients whose fear is severe.
Sedations is administered by a variety of methods:
- Inhaled minimal sedation
- Oral sedation
- IV moderate sedation
You and your dentist can discuss what might work for you, and you can figure out who you will respond well to your dental treatment.
Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?
Not just anyone can walk into the office and ask for this type of dentistry, but there are some people who can use it anytime they visit.
- Anyone with low pain tolerance
- People who cannot sit still in the chair
- People with sensitive teeth
- People with a bad gag reflex
- People who need excessive dental work done
Children can also use this type of dentistry if necessary. There are some people who do not qualify to use this type of sedation dentistry due to their overall health. It’s imperative we discuss your medical history, your medications, and any other concerns you might have prior to sedation.
Contact Wilson Dental today to schedule your appointment to discuss sedation dentistry. Your fear is very real, but it should not discourage you from seeking the help you need from your dental professional.