Mark was a new patient who came into our office one day. He was a tall man who looked like he could break bricks with his bare hands. As I sat there talking with him his nerves had taken over and he was trembling from fright. He was terrified to be in a dental office. As we visited about using sedation as an alternative to help him get through his appointments, the relief showed on his face and he was ready to take back control over his dental health.
If you have been leery of going to the dentist for any number of reasons, here is some information you need to know:
1. It is beneficial
It is a great option for you if you have delayed dental treatments due to fear or anxiety, had bad dental experiences in the past, have a strong gag reflex, and if you suffer acute or chronic jaw pain. It is also great for someone who is fearful of the sights and sounds associated with a dental office. Patients who have a lot of dental work that needs to be done but don’t have the time for several appointments also benefit from sedation dentistry. There are numerous other reasons for sedation dentistry so if you have a concern or something preventing you from receiving the care you need, visit with your dental office!
2. It reduces treatment time
I think most people would agree that they would rather be out having fun instead of being anxious for extended periods of time in a dental chair. Sedation dentistry allows you to relax and get through dental procedures faster because you will not need breaks from the work to manage anxiety. Also there are times we use sedation with a person who needs a lot of work done but is unable to make several separate appointments.
3. There are hidden costs
While we are direct and upfront with the actual financial cost of the procedures, the hidden costs actually come when a patient still wants to put off necessary treatments. These costs threaten your health, beat down your self-confidence, increasing pain, worsening nutrition, social anxiety due to low self-esteem, and loss of the ability to enjoy your favorite foods.
4. It improves pain management
Sedation dentistry relaxes your body to a point that the level of pain you perceive is minimal. It also helps you reduce stress and anxiety which enables the pain medication to work effectively.
5. It decreases anxiety
People with high anxiety find that sedation dentistry is very helpful in calming nerves and anxiety, taking the stress of them emotionally and physically. With sedation dentistry patients often report little to no memory of their treatment experience.
6. You are not unconscious
Sometimes when people hear the term sedation dentistry they assume that patients have to be completely unconscious. Often times we use medication you take orally the night before and the morning of to help relax your body and mind. You’ll be in our dental chair fully conscious with a nice warm blanket resting comfortably.
7. It is safe
Sedation Dentistry is a very safe and effective treatment. Throughout the entire appointment we will monitor you carefully in your sedated state.
After a couple appointments Mark came back into our office and surprised us. He told us that he no longer needed sedation because had become comfortable with us and our office. What a compliment! This eventually happens with a lot of our sedation patients.
If you have been putting off dental appointments that could be vital to your health give us a call today and we can discuss sedation options with you!