Ease Your Fear of Dental Work With Sleep Sedation
For some people, a visit to a dental clinic is no problem at all. For others, it’s a cause of deep and very real terror. Such fear is quite common and can stem from a previous bad experience, or simply be innate to an individual.
If you suffer from a fear of visiting the dental clinic, it can make you reluctant to attend. This is not a good thing, as it can lead to you having real problems with your teeth. Not only can dental problems lead to you experiencing pain, they can also eventually cause you to require extractions when ongoing care could have prevented this from happening.
The good news is that you don’t have to put up with your fear of the dental clinic any longer. Sleep sedation can help to overcome your fear.
What is sleep sedation?
Sedation is a technique that can help you receive the dental treatment you need without experiencing the terror, which can sometimes be overpowering. It’s important to note that sedation isn’t restricted only to invasive dentistry. If you are uncomfortable about any aspect of your dental care, sedation can be a good option for you.
There are different levels of sedation available, and you don’t necessarily have to be fully asleep during your treatment. Some of the most common types of sedation are:
- Inhaled Sedation – You inhale a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask. This helps you to feel relaxed, and can result in a ‘fuzzy’ feeling. Your dental practitioner can control the amount of gas that you inhale.
- Oral Sedation – Depending on what dose you receive, oral sedation can have a minimal or moderate effect. A small dose normally just makes you feel more relaxed, whereas a higher dose will often lead to you dozing during treatment; although you can easily be awoken.
- IV Sedation – This type of sedation is administered through a vein and normally has a moderate effect. Your dental practitioner is able to easily control the amount of sedation you receive.
- General Anesthesia – The administering of general anesthesia means that you are either almost or completely unconscious during treatment. It takes longer to awaken from general anesthesia, than from more moderate forms of sedation.
Why is sleep sedation dentistry a good idea?
Many people feel a little nervous about the prospect of having dental work carried out. This often doesn’t cause any problems, but if this nervousness turns to fear and panic, then sedation can be a real help. If you opt to receive sleep sedation, this means:
- You can relax about the completion of dental work.
- There’s no risk of you panicking and causes problems during treatment.
- You can receive the sedation that is best for your needs.
If you talk to your dental practitioner you can decide on which sedation option is best for you, and reduce the extreme stress you may usually feel when visiting the dental clinic.
Our team of experts at Beachside Dental know how important it is for patients to feel relaxed during any procedure. This is why we are pleased to be able to offer sleep sedation as an option to patients. The dental professionals at Beachside Dental are very experienced in the use of sedation during dental procedures. They use this experience to help provide an exceptional level of care to all patients, making all their dental procedures as stress-free as possible.