When it comes to the reasons that people don’t go to the dentist, the most cited reason is fear. That’s why many dentists are quick to put “gentle” right in their marketing materials. The reality is dentistry is no more painful than anything else, but the reason folks get so worked up is that the dental instruments are working in the mouth. It’s close to the eyes and brain, and that immediacy is what makes it difficult for patients. Fortunately, for patients who have these issues, sedation dentistry is a great solution to getting the dental help you need and overcoming the fear.
Sedation dentistry is dentistry where the patient gets sedated while the dentist does their procedures. Many types of procedures are good for sedation dentistry. For example, if you need to have a wisdom tooth extracted or something else that’s quite involved, sedation dentistry puts you to sleep or in a semi-conscious state where you can’t feel or perceive what’s going on. This allows the dentist to work unencumbered by any issues that you have with them using the tools in your mouth. When you regain full consciousness, everything is over, and your teeth are better.
Sedation dentistry is used with either intravenous (IV) methods or with nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is inhaled, and the amount of time the patient is under is dependent on how much gas is in their system. This is a good method for folks with shorter procedures. Longer procedures are perfect for IV sedation. This is something the dentist can control and makes it easy to do more involved work that would be difficult if the patient was in a semi-conscious state.
There should be no barrier to getting quality dental care, least of all a fear barrier. Sedation dentistry does the job of making sure that folks get the care they need without having to worry about the feelings of pain or fear. They go under, the dentist does the work, and then it’s all over. It doesn’t get easier than that.