There are lots of people, not just only children, but adults as well are afraid of dental procedures. This is what dentists call dental phobia. Thirty percent of the population doesn’t visit the dentist because of dental phobia hence, this hinders them from having an essential dental care.
Sedation dentistry is a dental process that enables people suffering from dental phobia receives dental treatment in a relaxing manner, it is also called painless dentistry. With the help of sedative drugs like tranquilizers, depressants, anti- anxiety medications, nitrous oxide and other known sedatives, the patient will be in the state of calm and the dental procedures can be administered easily and without pain. When a patient is under sedation he/she is not asleep as what most of us think. The only thing that happens is that the patient fells comfortable and relax and cannot feel the pain caused by dental procedures.
Ways of Sedation in Painless Dentistry
Sedation or painless dentistry can be administered in various ways. It can be given through injection in the arms or it can be in form of gas inhalation. The latter is much more accommodating to the patient because it requires no needle unlike with the intravenous injection.
In some countries like US and Canada, Sedation dentistry is now widely used as a solution to the fear of dental procedures that most of the patients are experiencing. Many people who plan to undergo dental treatment prefer painless dentistry than the usual procedure. Far from others speculation that this is some kind of sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry is administered while the patient is conscious. This must be done to ensure safety and cooperation from the patient.
Sedation is not like administering anesthesia injection. However while painless dentistry procedure a person under sedation may inhibit themselves from pain just like the effect of anesthesia, but most often a local anesthesia is still needed in performing dental procedure even sedation was applied. Injecting the local anesthesia will be done after the sedation process so that the patient cannot feel the pain cause by injection.
Sedation dentistry must be administered by sedation dentists experts. Your sedation dentist is the most knowledgeable person that can perform the sedation dentistry. Once you have decided to visit your dentist for your dental care and choose sedation dentistry as the procedure you want, be sure to accompany a caregiver or any member of your family that can accompany you in your way back home. At home you must take 3-4 hours more to rest.
Sedation dentistry is truly beneficial and one of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that a person under sedation feels that the procedure happens for just a matter of minutes but in fact it last for more than an hour. This is good in more complex procedures like smile makeover and extensive rebuilding that usually requires many sessions but in sedation dentistry it can be done in just one session.
So, if your apprehension of having dental care or dental procedure is the pain that it brings, worries no more the painless sedation dentistry is what you need to have a comfortable visit to your dentist.