Is Sleep Dentistry Right For You?

If you often find yourself dealing with anxiety when it is time to go to the dentist's office, sleep dentistry might be what you need to receive proper oral health care. There are many people who would rather deal with the pain of dental issues rather than having to sit in a dentist's chair.

The problem is, this only makes things worse. A person's dental issues will not just go away because the person does not like going to the dentist. Matter of fact, the longer one waits to address the oral health issues, the more invasive and expensive the treatment will be.

That is where sedation dentistry comes in. This practice uses sedative medicines to give patients an anxiety-free and relaxing experience at the dentist's clinic. Patients are typically awake during sedative dentistry, so it can help with minor treatments like dental cleanings.

How safe is sedation dentistry?

The dentist will measure the proper amount of sedative with the patient's safety in mind. Only drugs that undergo extensive testing and research are potential options for such practices. One common drug in sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide; also known as laughing gas.

During sedative dentistry, they administer nitrous oxide to the patient using a mask over the patient's mouth and nose. The dentist can control how much of the gas goes to the patient and adjust it when necessary. Laughing gas helps people to relax and it wears off quickly after removing the mask. The rate at which the effects of laughing gas wear off is so high, patients are typically able to drive themselves home after the procedure.

Oral sedation is another alternative in sedation dentistry. The patient consumes pills that induce a drowsy state. The type of pills a dentist may use include Valium or Halcion. The patient will take the medication about an hour before the procedure. Depending on the patient's tolerance for these drugs, it is possible to fall asleep while under their influence, but a simple nudge is enough to wake the patient up.

Benefits of sedation dentistry

Missing dental appointments because of anxiety will eventually lead to more complicated oral issues that require major treatments or even surgery to rectify. Sedation dentistry allows those who are prone to such behavior to get rid of their fear of dentists.

Even patients who do not often deal with dental anxiety can benefit from sedation dentistry. It keeps you more relaxed during dental treatments, and that allows your dentist to get more work done. Sedation dentistry makes hours in the dental chair feel like minutes.

Fear is never a good reason to keep missing dental appointments. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you can now overcome your fears and the get all the dental treatments you need. As a result, you will be a lot happier and healthier, as you no longer have to deal with toothaches. Think you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry? Contact one of our dentists and explore your options today.

Call (770) 200-4032 today to reach Old Alabama Dental Care.

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