Most of us are terrified of keeping our appointment with the dentist – both, due to the actual discomfort and the imagined pain. For many, sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry is what they want. It refers to the use of anesthesia or medication while a dental procedure is carried out on you. This medication will keep the patient calm and relaxed. This process is effective and safe if a qualified and experienced dentist administers it.
Dental dread prevents many of us from getting routine dental checkup from doctors like Scott W. Grant, DMD, and out our oral health at risk. Fortunately, many Meridian dental care centers offer sedation dentistry. The dentists use this option only when the treatment is extensive and in patients who have difficulty in remaining calm during dental treatments.
Oral sedatives are given a day before the procedure or a couple of hours prior to the dental appointment. The dosage of the medication will depend on the severity of the patient’s anxiety and the expected length of the treatment. Oral medication will not give relief from dental pain but will keep you calm. For the pain, during the treatment, a local anesthetic in the form of injection will be administered by the dentist. It is not advisable to drive for 24 hours after taking the oral sedatives.
General anesthesia is a method of sedation dentistry that will make you totally or partially unconscious during the dental procedure with the help of medicine. Under this sedation, the patient will not be aware of his or her surroundings. Moderate sedation is also possible, given through an IV. This works very quickly and helps the dentist to adjust the extent of sedation continually. The dentist is the right person to decide which type of sedation is best suited for your requirement.
Irrespective of the type of sedation you get, you will feel very calm and will be able to handle the dental procedure without much anxiety. Sleep dentistry is not only useful for anxious patients, but also for patients who have sensitive teeth, have complex dental problems, are afraid of needles and have had traumatic experiences earlier.