It is very unlikely that there are many people who enjoy going to the dentist. In fact, it is one of the most common fears. There are many things that make people afraid of going to the dentist. The biggest fears are of needles and the pain that results from different procedures.
If you are one of these people you probably avoid going to the dentist as much as you can. But, you are probably also aware of how important it is to go to the dentist for your oral and dental health care. In fact, the dentist should be considered primary healthcare service providers by everyone.
If you have been putting off your check-up at the dentist, or an important dental or oral procedure that you need to be done, there is a way in which you can get the care that you need without it being a traumatic experience.
Sedation dentists are specialized and licensed dentists who are trained to administer different pharmaceutical drugs in order to sedate patients during their dental procedures. If you are extremely terrified of going to the dentist you can request that a sedation dentist administers you sedatives. You can request this even if you are going for a simple check-up. The sedation dentist will probably provide you with 1 to 2 pills that you have to take at a prescribed time before your dental appointment. The only problem with being sedated is that you will need someone to drive you to and from your dentist appointment.
As stated above, one of the ways that the sedation dentist will administer sedation dentists to you is to give you some pills to take before your appointment. There are other methods in which the sedation dentist can sedate you and make sure your dental appointment goes smoothly and you are relaxed the whole time. He/she can administer the drugs through an IV once you are at the dentist’s office. Or they can give what is commonly called the ‘laughing gas’, which you have to inhale. These are excellent alternatives to having to have needles in your mouth to numb you during your procedure.
There are different kinds of sedation; minimal, mild, and deep sedation. The type of sedation that you receive from the sedation dentist will be based on a few factors.
Firstly, your level of fear will determine how much sedation you need. Some people want to be awake and responsive, but they want to be relaxed and have their fear alleviated. If you are one of these people, the best type of sedation for you would be the minimal sedation.
Another factor that determines the level of sedation you require is the type of procedure that you are receiving. If for example, you are receiving dental implants, you will need to receive deep sedation so that you are not conscious or aware during the procedure. In fact, you will have little to no memory of the procedure when you wake up. This level of sedation is also recommended if you are undergoing a long procedure as it will remove the need to come back to the dentist for several sessions in order to complete the procedure.
Sedation is also an option if you have strong gag reflexes as the dentist will need you to remain extremely still during the procedure to prevent him/her slipping and making a mistake.
Sedation dentists also assist the dentist performing the procedure to have a calm and relaxed patient so that their job is easier, and they can provide the patient with better results. Sedation dentists have become one of the most important types of dentists as they are important for both the patient and the dentist who is performing the procedure.