The number one reason many people put off or even avoid visiting the dentist altogether isn’t because of insurance or costs. It might surprise you to know that most people are in fact scared of the dentist.
It’s not that the dentist and his staff aren’t perfectly nice people. It’s that many people fear even simple dental procedures because of the pain they associate with them. It’s true that a couple decades ago, dental advancements were not what they are today. Things are much more painless now.
Still, coming to the dentist even for a simple assessment can be terrifying. That’s why patients that are a bit skittish should consider sedation to effectively treat their dental problems. Putting off dental visits only results in more complex treatments in the future which could be avoided if you visit your dentist regularly.
But not everyone is proactive and for those people, there’s sedation. According to Birkbeck Dentistry, “Sedation is the most effective way to treat nervous patients. It removes the anxiety of dental treatment.”
During dental procedures that involve sedation, medication is administered through the back of the hand, providing a relaxing and calming feeling. It’s safe and much cheaper than general anesthesia (G.A.). Patients under sedation can communicate while the treatment is going on, however they don’t usually recall anything about it.
Sedation makes patients drowsy and unaware of the ongoings in the oral cavity. It’s the ideal solution for nervous patients. In this way, the dental procedures that need to be completed to help you with your oral hygiene are done plus you don’t get the pain, stress, or worry thanks to the sedation.
If you’re anxious but not ready to go to bits, you can take a sedative tablet the night before instead, as well as another one an hour before your treatment. It will help quell your fears and make it easy for the dental team to properly care for you.
One thing about sedation though is that you’ll be incapable of driving or working for the duration of the day. It’s mandatory that someone assist you with getting home and looking after you once your procedure is completed.
So is sedation right for you? If you’re the nervous sort, likely so. But before you make any decisions about it, meet with your dentist for just a simple chat to discuss your options for treatment and sedation to put your fears to rest.