Are you experiencing anxiety prior to visiting your dentist? Apparently, you are not the only one. Studies reveal that out of 265 million US patients, 145 million experience serious anxiety regarding dental visit. Further to that, nearly 15% of American adults are avoiding going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety about dental treatment.
A great option for overcoming anxiety and having a relaxed experience in the dental office is oral sedation. Oral sedation is a convenient solution for all dental procedures – from simple ones, like tooth cleaning to more complicated and invasive treatments.
What is Oral Sedation?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedatives to help patients relax during dental treatment. Although it is often referred to as “sleep dentistry,” that term is not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake except for those who are under general anesthesia. Therefore, the term “comfort dentistry” is more accurate to describe sedation dentistry.
Oral sedation is using sedative medications to slow down the central nervous system and make your dental experience more comfortable and relaxed. Unlike other forms of sedation, oral sedation keeps you awake but you’re less responsive to pain, as well as to things occurring around you. Your Covington dentist may prescribe an oral sedative to help you feel calmer and relaxed before and during your dental treatment.
Oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate, depending on the total dose given. For minimal sedation, you take a pill, typically Halcion, usually about an hour before the procedure. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation.
How can I benefit from Oral Sedation?
Some of the main benefits of oral sedation include:
- It is simple, very effective and completely safe
- No needles or shots are involved in giving this type of anesthesia
- It allows even highly anxious patients to get great dental care
- The dentist could work more efficiently, often getting more work done
If you experience anxiety, prior to visiting your dentist or you would just like to have a quicker and more comfortable dental procedure, you can rely on Dr. Lee from Covington Smiles. Dr. Lee is a real professional, whom you can trust for creating a beautiful and healthy smile for you, without pain and discomfort.
Is Oral Sedation for me?
Oral sedation can be a great solution for you, if you:
- Experience severe dental anxiety
- Have extremely sensitive teeth
- Need extensive dental work done
- Have low pain threshold
Did you know?
Advances in sedation drug therapy have enabled dentist to treat children and teenagers who would otherwise be too anxious about receiving dental treatment. Covington dentists, who treat kids are now performing more invasive dental procedures in conjunction with oral sedation. Oral sedation is a great choice for many parents, who would like their children to get great dental care without discomfort and unpleasant memories for lifetime.