One of the most common reasons people avoid visiting the dentist is because they suffer from dental anxiety. This phobia often interferes with getting the proper treatment needed to maintain good oral health. Sedation dentistry, however, makes it possible for even the most skittish person to be comfortable in the dentist’s chair while in a deep state of relaxation.
Your dentist will take every measure to make sure you’re comfortable during dental cleanings, emergency procedures, and any cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments. But when your nerves can’t be calmed, or your anxiety and anticipation are high, the option of sedation dentistry is available. In other words, if you’d rather just “sleep” away your dental visit than be conscious for whatever is on tap for you, you can.
There are two types of sedation dentistry available at Kendall Breeze Dental Centers:
For the incredibly dental-phobic patient, sedation dentistry may be necessary for every dental visit. For other patients, sedation dentistry can help make lengthy procedures more tolerable. Depending on your overall health and well-being, sedation dentistry can be used for minor or major dental procedures including:
A full medical history will be taken before any sort of sedation dentistry is administered to ensure that you are completely healthy and that your body is capable of handling sedation.
Your initial consultation with your dentist about your oral health issues and dental phobia will also help get you in the right frame of mind for your procedure. Knowing exactly what is coming, what tools will be used, the noises you can expect to hear, and being supremely informed about your treatment often makes dentistry far easier for the nervous patient to handle.
Sedation dentistry is often recommended for patients who are undergoing multiple treatments at one time. It allows you to not focus on the amount of time you’re spending in the dentist’s chair while it permits the dentist to work more efficiently.
You don’t really need any reason to be scared of the dentist. A fear is a fear and you don’t have to apologize for it. Nevertheless, being afraid of the dentist is one fear that must be conquered if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums for your entire life.
Some patients have no problem walking in a dentist’s office or even get in the exam chair. But when it comes to tools being used on their teeth, or a cavity being filled, or any sort of drilling noise assailing their ears, the fear becomes very real.
Knowing where your dental fear originated can be half the battle in conquering any nerves. Often, an unpleasant dental memory from childhood can taint a person’s relationship with their oral health. Discussing this matter with your dentist or with a primary care physician or mental health professional can help you develop coping mechanisms so that you are prepared for every visit to the dentist. And it’s nice to know of course that sedation dentistry is always an option to help further calm your fears.
Contact Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez and Dr. Sharon Schmeiser in Miami, Florida, to discuss any dental problems or concerns you have and to determine what type of sedation dentistry may be right for you.