Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people feel so uncomfortable about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.
For people who avoid dentists, sedation dentistry may take away some of the anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it is used depends on the severity of the fear.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry" although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia. Sedation dentistry allows the patient to experience reduced levels of anxiety and fear during a dental procedure. With sedation dentistry, the patient will be in a deep state of relaxation and will feel as though the procedure only lasts a couple of minutes, when in fact it may last a couple of hours. The patient will be able to respond to verbal commands and will breathe on his or her own. Patients may have little to no memory of their experience, including the sounds and smells of the dental office. They will be relaxed, safe and comfortable.
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