Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry Irving, TX

Sedation dentistry helps individuals to overcome the fear of dentists. Dental anxiety affects many people and it often prevents them from getting treatments they need when problems develop in their mouths. However, most dental problems do not go away on their own. Treatment is needed to prevent the issue from getting worse, which can result in a lot of pain, money and time. Thankfully, sedation dentistry is a good solution. Individuals that do fear the dentist can undergo their procedure in a sedation dentistry setting to help offset these feelings, thus allowing for the appropriate oral health care. 

How sedation dentistry helps with dental anxiety

The sedatives used in sedation dentistry help patients to feel relaxed and less anxious. The goal is to make the patient's experience as comfortable as possible so they no longer see going to the dentist as a scary thing that should be avoided. 

People who do not have dental anxiety can also benefit from sedation dentistry if they struggle with back/neck pain during treatments or if they need to have excessive dental work done. Dental sedatives can reduce the number of trips a patient needs to make to the dentist since they can sit comfortably in a dentist's chair for longer. Dental sedatives can be used for most treatments ranging from the least invasive procedures like teeth whitening to surgical treatments like the installation of dental implants. Dental sedatives are commonly used to address issues like:

  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Dental phobias
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Overactive gag reflexes
  • Patients who are unresponsive to local anesthetics
  • Traumatic past experiences with a dentist
  • Inability to stay still for prolonged periods

Type of sedatives used in dentistry

Dentists evaluate their patients before determining whether or not sedation dentistry is right for them. Factors that will be considered during the evaluation include: the patient's medical history, medications the patient is currently taking and their level of anxiety.

Based on their findings, the dentist might recommend sedation dentistry practices such as:

  • Oral sedatives: A dentist might prescribe an oral sedative that the patient takes prior to their appointment. This helps to reduce their anxiety or fears about going to the dentist. Such medication impairs a person's ability to drive so transportation to and from the clinic should be arranged.
  • Inhaled sedatives: Nitrous oxide is commonly used to keep patients relaxed during treatments. Also known as laughing gas, it is delivered with a facemask that is placed on the patient's jaw. It takes effects within minutes and it wears off just as fast.
  • IV sedation: Medication that helps to keep patients relaxed can also be delivered intravenously. This type of sedation is typically reserved for patients who need a higher level of sedation. The dentist can adjust the quantity of medication being injected into the patient's veins as needed.

Give dental sedatives a try

Sedation dentistry can make dental appointments and procedures easier. Call or visit our Irving clinic to set up an appointment with our dentist.

Request an appointment here: https://activedentalonline.com or call Active Dental at (972) 556-0600 for an appointment in our Irving office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Sedation Dentist in Irving, TX.

 

Recent Posts

5 Things You Should Know About Sedation Dentistry

If thinking about going for a dental appointment makes you uncomfortable, you should consider going to a sedation dentist. Dental anxiety is a serious issue that affects about 50 percent of the people in the U.S. When left unchecked, it can easily lead to you canceling appointments with the dentist and neglecting your oral health.When…

How Laser Dental Procedures Can Help With Dental Anxiety

One of the biggest reasons people fear the dentist is the anxiety over the dental drill. It’s large, booming and obnoxious. Believe it or not, there is an easier alternative. Laser dental procedures help eliminate dental anxiety today. By replacing the drill with a quiet laser, making dentist appointments with fear are now a thing…

5 Ways To Help Your Anxiety About Going To The Dentist

Anxiety can cause a racing heart, fearfulness, a sick feeling to your stomach — the list goes on and on. When you need to go to the dentist, your anxiety levels may increase, especially if you have had a bad experience at the dentist's office before. Fear of pain is usually the top reason people…

Visit Our Dental Office For Tips For Healthier Teeth

Patients often want to know how they can take better care of their teeth. Along with treating and cleaning a patient's teeth, we will also use this time to educate the patient on proper at-home care techniques. The bottom line is that proper oral hygiene takes both the dentist and patient providing care. Proper dental…

Recent Posts

How Many Implants Are Needed For Upper Implant Supported Dentures?

How Many Implants Are Needed For Upper Implant Supported Dentures?

A set of implant supported dentures can restore a smile by creating a permanent set of artificial teeth. The first benefit of permanent or fixed dentures is that they function like natural teeth, which means no slippage. The second upside of implant-supported dentures is their contribution to the health of the jaw.A missing tooth leaves…

Reasons To Choose Invisalign For Teeth Straightening

4 Reasons To Choose Invisalign For Teeth Straightening

Invisalign® clear aligners might be ideal for you if you do not want to deal with a mouth full of metal. The treatment involves using clear aligner trays to push your teeth to a better alignment. Braces are the oldest way to straighten teeth, and they are still an effective solution. It just so happens…