Dental phobia is torturing millions of people worldwide. These patients fear so much the dentist, they will not go even for a dental plaque removal.
However, if they allow that plaque to accumulate, in a few years they will probably have to put up with severe gum disease – which means permanent tooth loss and a great risk of heart complications.
From now on, you can leave your fears aside, because sedation dentistry is the perfect solution for people with high anxiety and phobia issues.
With sedation dentistry, you will feel no pain, and there will be no fear present whatsoever. During the treatment, the patient will be under sedation- you will be asleep.
Depending on the type of treatment, the specialty of the dental health professional and the degree of your phobia- there is mild sedation available and there is general anesthesia when you are fully asleep.
There are typically three types of sedation dentistry available:
The oral sedation – the mildest form, you will take a pill and feel relaxed throughout the treatment. These are anti -anxiety drugs such as the Ativan, the Xanax, Halcion or Valium
The IV sedation (intravenous sedation)- the sedative drug will be administered with the help of a catheter, directly into the bloodstream
The inhalation sedation – the most common is the nitrous oxide gas sedation, popularly known as the “laughing gas”. You will just have to breath in deeply through a special mask, until you will feel totally calmed and relaxed.
One extremely important factor to keep in mind is that you need to disclose any underlying conditions to your dentist, before undergoing sedation. People who are struggling with heart conditions, immune system problems, diabetes and other such diseases cannot take the advantages of sedation dentistry because it is too dangerous for their health.
Sedation dentistry does not come without side effects, and some of these include dizziness, vomiting, strong headaches, low high blood pressure, fast heartbeat, or a much slower breathing rhythm.
Sedation dentistry is not for everybody, and you will need to go trough some medical checkups before you are allowed to have those dental implants under general anesthesia.
As an alternative, try to work first on your anxiety and phobia by going to a psychologist, by taking a mild sedative prescribed by your dentist thus helping you relax before the treatments, and many other such solutions.