Merely hearing the word dentist can frighten some people. Far too often, people build a negative view of the dentist from one uncomfortable or negative experience. Fortunately, we provide safe dentistry and take time to truly listen to our patients and their needs. Even if the main question becomes "Is dentistry safe?" We can answer yes.
In fact, it is much worse for you to avoid taking proper care of your teeth without visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Some people constantly avoid the dentist, perhaps because they had a bad experience in the past or their last dentist or oral hygienist was too rough on their teeth while they were in a cleaning session. There is always a multitude of reasons why people are often afraid of the dentist.
For those of you who cannot stomach or step foot into a dentist chair, then sedation dentistry may be right for you. The procedure is certainly known to be safe, it helps all anxiety-ridden patients feel more at ease and relax a little. Although keep in mind, there are different levels of sedation that can be used; this all depends on a patient by patient basis.
Levels of Sedation:
Very minimal sedation-you are still awake, but you are relaxed
Moderate sedation-you are still awake, although you may slur your words, and appear a bit out of it
Deep sedation-this is where you are asleep, but you can easily be awoken
General anesthesia-this level means that you are unconscious (sleeping like a baby), you will not remember anything regarding any procedures that took place
Sedation Dentistry and Choices
Usually, dentists decide to use:
Inhaled sedation (minimal)
Oral sedation (you will be required to take a pain pill before any procedures; similar to Valium)
General anesthesia and deep sedation (If you are getting a root canal, an implant, or something that requires surgery; oral surgeons will recommend this safe option, as the pros always outweigh the cons, in this case
Keep in mind, sedation therapy is only recommended for people:
Who can't sit still
People whose teeth are extremely sensitive
Cannot take physical pain whatsoever
People who need to have extensive dental work done
Depending on what procedures you are going in for, you, yourself need to weigh out the pros and cons. Your dentist will also help you when it comes to the decision of using sedation or not. Is it safe? Yes, many people have benefited from sedation dentistry. With reputable and credible dentists that have the proper qualifications, there should be zero hesitation.
After all, we all need our teeth to continue on with our lives and to live our life to the fullest extent that we possibly can. Stop procrastinating your dental issues. If there is something on your mind, regarding your teeth, then it is wise to get it fixed sooner rather than later, especially if you want to save on future costlier expenses.
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