Many patients experience dental anxiety. Unfortunately, this often leads to compromised dental care. Patients who have dental related phobias tend to avoid the dentist until there is an issue. Instead of taking a proactive approach to their oral health care, they often take a reactive approach to minimize visits that make them uncomfortable. Sedation dentistry can help diminish tension, so these patients can experience anxiety free dental care.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medications to relieve tension and anxiety during dental visits. While a local anesthetic is used to prevent any discomfort associated with dental care, it doesn’t reduce stress or anxiety. Sedation dentistry introduces medications to relieve the additional tensions related to a patient’s dental phobia.
Oral Conscious Sedation
While there are multiple forms of sedation dentistry, oral conscious sedation is often recommended. Oral conscious sedation is medication in the form of a pill taken by the patient before a dental visit. Patients experience a very relaxed state of consciousness, but they are still awake and able to respond to the dentist. The medication relieves stress and anxiety, so patients can be completely comfortable during their appointment.
Administration and Uses
Oral conscious sedation can be used for a variety of procedures, ranging from simple to advanced. Oral sedation often allows the dentist to complete multiple procedures in a single appointment while allowing the patient to remain comfortable and worry-free.
With oral conscious sedation, the patient is typically given a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication to be taken at home about an hour before their appointment. Since the patient’s safety and comfort is our number one priority, it is required that they have someone drive them to and from their appointment. The effects of the medication will wear off slowly after the appointment.
If the thought of a dental visit makes you anxious, call our team at Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental today. You don’t have to avoid going to the dentist with sedation dentistry. You can relax and take the edge off.