Everything from the sterile smell of your dentist’s office to the cold metal tools poking around your mouth fills you with fear. Ever since you were a child, you’ve always dreaded getting preventive treatment. It may surprise you to know that you’re not alone if you feel this way. Nearly 85% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. While your fear or anxiety is completely valid, it can negatively impact your oral and overall health. Luckily, a sedation dentist in Rocky Hill can help you feel comfortable and at ease so you can get the individualized treatment you need.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
If your anxiety about visiting the dentist is so bad that you’d rather endure the pain of a severe toothache, sedation dentistry can help you feel relaxed and at ease while you get the treatment you need. This practice utilizes medication to help patients remain calm during their procedures. Depending on the type of treatment you’re receiving and the severity of your anxiety, your dentist may suggest minimal, moderate, or deep sedation. There is also general anesthesia for patients who are undergoing oral surgeries or serious treatment.
The two most common types of sedation used in dentistry are oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” Oral sedation is when you take a pill about an hour before your treatment. This can range from minimal to moderate sedation depending on the dose you’re given. With nitrous oxide, a small mask is placed over your nose while you feel the near-immediate effects of breathing it in.
What Kinds of Patients Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
If you experience any kind of fear or anxiety at the dentist’s office, you’re a candidate for sedation techniques with any procedure. This includes cleanings and checkups, dental implants, oral surgery, and even cosmetic services. Sedation dentistry is recommended for any patient who experiences the following:
- Severe dental fear
- Past negative dental experiences
- Severe gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Bothered by noises and smells in dental offices
- Fear of shots and needles
- Have complex dental problems to treat
How Will You Feel While Sedated?
Sedation dentistry isn’t as intense as it may sound. During your procedure, you’ll remain awake and responsive, but you won’t feel any discomfort. You’ll feel at ease and relaxed, and will likely not remember any of the procedure after the effects of the medication wear off. With nitrous oxide, the effects will disappear immediately. With oral conscious sedation, it may take a few hours and you’ll be a bit groggy for the rest of the day, but you won’t feel nauseous.
Sedation dentistry helps patients who have a fear of the dentist get the care they need. Everybody deserves a clean bill of health and to be able to take care of their smiles without sacrificing their mental health. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to ask your professional!
About the Author
Dr. Thaddeus Michalski has been improving his patient’s smiles for nearly two decades. He received advanced training by completing a residency at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is passionate about creating an environment for his patients to receive the safest and highest quality of dental treatment. For any questions about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or contact 860-563-4544.