Anxiety at the thought of a trip to the dentist is very real for some patients. Whether you’re young or old, this phobia can affect us all. Many patients have sensory sensitivities that cause anxiety when they visit the dentist. Others may have sensitive teeth or a fear of needles and gagging.
Thankfully, dentistry has evolved to cater for the needs of everyone, including anxious or worried patients. Sleep or sedation dentistry is one increasingly common option for patients who need a wide variety of important dental procedures. Read on for more information about how sedation dentistry might help you.
Dental Procedures and Sedation Options
There is a variety of methods available to administer and maintain sedation during a dental procedure. The option which is most suitable for you will depend on your anxieties and the procedure you are preparing to have.
Here are some of the common types of sedation for different dental procedures.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as ‘laughing gas’, is combined with oxygen and delivered through a gas mask. This gas helps you to relax and allows the dentist to completely control the level of sedation. Nitrous oxide wears off quite quickly, making it effective for short procedures.
- Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is becoming an increasingly common form of sleep dentistry. The sedation can range from mild to moderate depending on the patient’s needs. Medication such as Halicon can be given, leaving you feeling drowsy but awake. You may feel so relaxed that you fall asleep during the procedure or have hardly any memory of the procedure at all. This also has the effect of making longer procedures feel quite short.
- IV sedation: IV sedation is a stronger type of sedation dentistry which is suitable for longer surgeries. It involves receiving an injection which enters your bloodstream and allows you to enter a completely relaxed state. Afterwards, you may barely remember your procedure. It’s not recommended for patients who are fearful of needles.
Will You Need Local Anaesthetic with Your Dental Sedation?
You will still need local anaesthetic in the area of your mouth where the dentist will be working. This will assist in relieving any pain or discomfort during and shortly after the procedure. Most people who use sedation dentistry report that they don’t notice the local anaesthetic being administered because they are so relaxed.
Relax with the Experts at Dental Care Glebe
A combination of sedation dentistry and understanding dental professionals can greatly enhance your experience at the dentist. To discuss sedation dentistry and your dental phobia, call our caring team or book an appointment at Dental Care Glebe. We use the latest tools and technology to understand and overcome the anxieties that sometimes come with dental procedures. For more information, call us on (02) 9566 2030 or contact us online today.