Visiting the dentist after every six months and any other time you experience unusual symptoms is essential to promote good oral health. Unfortunately, many people avoid seeking dental treatments or routine check-ups due to dental anxiety. As such, problems that could be treated with early intervention become more serious. Thankfully, Sunnyvale sleep dentistry can help you relax during dental procedures. There are various sedation options; your dentist will use the one that makes the most sense, depending on your anxiety level. The most common sedation in sleep dentistry includes nitrous oxide gas, oral sedation, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia.
Sedation dentistry offers anxiety relief, allowing you to stay calm throughout the procedure. It is a welcoming approach, especially if you get nervous during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry removes a big reason why you may avoid the dentist. As such, you can visit your dentist whenever you need treatment for an oral issue.
Anxiety manifests on a spectrum; some patients only experience pre-procedure anxiety, while for others, the fear is overwhelming, such that the procedure will be excruciating or possibly go wrong. Such extreme fear is one of the reasons why people postpone or avoid receiving the care they need. Although everyone can benefit from sedation dentistry, the more anxious you feel before treatment, the more you benefit from the anesthesia.
One of the main reasons why people fear dental procedures is the pain factor. No one looks forward to a painful procedure with excitement. But thanks to sedation dentistry, you don’t have to worry about feeling pain since you will be under the influence of powerful sedatives and anesthetics. The type of sedation your dentist uses also depends on the type of procedure you are undergoing. For example, minor for a simple procedure like cleaning, nitrous oxide may be all you need. However, for complex procedures like implant surgery, your dentist may use general anesthesia; this also depends on the level of your apprehension.
Less time on the chair
A minor dental procedure will likely last longer than usual if you squirm around in the chair as your dentist tries to work. However, with some form of sedation, you will sit still throughout the procedure, allowing your dentist to work without distractions. As such, they will work faster and more efficiently since they don’t have to worry about your reaction to the procedure.
No gag reflex
A gag reflex allows your throat to repel any intrusive foreign object. However, a gag reflex during a dental procedure can be a hindrance; this is especially true if the dentist needs to go deep inside your oral cavity. These spams not only interfere with the procedure but can also lead to damage, depending on the treatment. But after receiving sedation, the gag reflex is paralyzed, allowing you to be more comfortable and your dentist to work faster and efficiently.
You may be a good candidate for sleep dentistry if you’ve been putting off dental work because of dental anxiety.
Consult your dentist at Perio & Implant Center to establish your eligibility for sedation dentistry.