It's completely natural to dread having dental work done, and many people avoid going to the dentist because of this. Failure to regularly visit your dentist, however, may lead to tooth decay, cavities, and even tooth loss. You've come to the right place if you're in Dublin, California, and you need dental care but have been putting it off! We realise here at the Sharma Dental Center that not everyone in the dentist's chair feels relaxed, and that's why we provide dental sedation care. But what are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Dental anxiety is extremely common, and sometimes the fear stems from a childhood experience, or even horror stories that friends and family have told them. It’s very normal to have pre-treatment anxiety, but some people become overwhelmed and are unable to bring themselves to the dentist, let alone sit in the chair.
Sedation dentistry is used for patients that are struggling with anxiety. Your dentist may give you some oral medication to take the night before, which will help calm your nerves. When you arrive at the dentist, they will give your nitrous which will numb the pain and make the experience much more pleasant. You will, however, need someone to give you a ride there and back because it will be unsafe to drive after this kind of sedation.
Your gag reflex is a good thing. Your body automatically reacts to a foreign object in the throat. However, for some people, even though they are aware that the dentist is going to be putting their fingers and other tools into their mouth, their gag reflex can become a hindrance. Sometimes the dentist needs to go deep inside the oral cavity, and the gag reflex prevents that. The use of sedation can help relax the gag reflex, allowing the dentist to work.
Some procedures will cause the patient pain, especially when pulling a tooth or performing a root canal. In regular circumstances, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area as they work. However, for larger procedures, the dentist may choose to use a stronger sedative that may even put the patient to sleep altogether. It’s important to remember that if this is the case for you, you’ll need a ride home as it will be unsafe to drive. However, with local anaesthetic, the effects wear off quickly, meaning you’re able to drive yourself home if you’re comfortable doing so.
Some procedures take much longer than others, and a sedation will allow the dentist to work much faster. If a patient is squirming around in the dentist chair, the procedure will take much longer. Using a powerful sedative allows the dentist to work as quickly as possible without having to worry about the pain and discomfort the patient is in, and get you on your way to recovery as quickly as possible.
So if you have been putting off having some much-needed dental work because you're a little nervous, you are likely a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Call Sharma Dental Center for an appointment today.