Facts About Sedation Dentistry

You sit in the chair of a dentist. Your eyes are dried out from the bright sun, your mouth is dry, and your cleaning has not yet begun. You’re curious if you flossed enough. You’ve got a cavity? Can they ridicule your routine of oral hygiene? Will a piece of dental equipment break off and lodge itself in your throat, putting an end to your life, causing pain and heartbreak in your family? Can the chair you’re in catch fire unexpectedly, leaving you burning in a state of absolute terror? Sedation Dentistry is an excellent resource for this.
Your worry about the dentist might not be that extreme, but a lot of people fear the dentist. He or she is only there to protect you, make sure that your pearlies are as pearly white as they can be, and stop you from getting tooth decay and gingivitis, but you are more afraid of him or her than of snakes, clowns, or serial killers. In reality, many individuals are so scared of the dentist that they forgo the twice-annual cleaning and just let the plaque build up on their teeth, putting them at risk of dental woes, as well as a host of other, more life-threatening diseases.
Lucky for those people, sedation dentistry was invented by someone savvy. What’s that? How is it working? How does the nervous dental patient profit from it?
What it is and what it is
It is a dental patient’s sedation (via tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs, or just direct knock-out gas) so that they sleep (or float) their way through the dental job. To the 30 percent or more of Americans who get absolutely freaked out by dental appointments, this is really important.
How is it working?
With sedation dentistry, there are a few different methods involved. In the past, an IV-administered sedative was the only way a dentist’s office can sedate a patient. That’s awesome if the dentist is all you’re afraid of, but horrible if you’re afraid of needles as well—and many people are. In some cases, IV sedation is still used today, although there are other sedation options that are more attractive to those who can’t bear needles.