Isn’t sedation dentistry supposed to relieve your fear of the dentist? It does. But many patients are still nervous about receiving sedation. Consider five facts that can give you the confidence to move forward.
1. Your Dentist Is Trained
State dental boards regulate the practice of sedation dentistry. If your dentist administers it, he or she has completed training to do so. Ask your dentist about his or her training or certification in administering sedation. You can also increase your comfort level by asking how many sedation patients your dentist has seen. Your dental team is CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) trained, and your dentist has received training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
2. Communication Helps
You won’t be given sedation without your consent. In advance of your dental procedure, your dentist will explain what to expect before, during, and after the appointment. You will still be conscious and able to respond, answer questions, and speak to the dental team.
3. You’ll Never Be Left Alone
During your dental procedure, a staff member will be with you. If you’re afraid of a medical emergency or some other event that might endanger your health, let it overwhelm you. The dental team will monitor your vital signs throughout your appointment, and you will not be left alone in the treatment room.
4. Your Health History Will Be Reviewed
Be certain to let your dentist know your medical and dental history, including prescription medications. Your dentist will ensure that the sedative you receive will not conflict with any of your current medications.
5. Other Benefits than Being Drowsy
Sedation dentistry has several benefits that result in a better dental visit.
- You’ll feel relaxed and have a sense of well-being.
- It decreases your sensitivity to pain.
- It prevents you from recalling what happened during your dental appointment.
- While you’re relaxed, your dentist will be able to complete more work than it is possible to complete without sedation.
- You can ask for sedation for dental cleanings, root canal treatment, and cosmetic work. Regardless of how simple or quick your dental procedure is, sedation can help you relax and get the care you need.
You don’t need to commit to sedation right away. Schedule an appointment to speak with your dentist about it. The consultation can include:
- Discussing the cause of your anxiety
- Learning about the types of sedation your dentist offers, as well as which medication will be used
- Asking questions that will help you understand the process and what you can expect
Plano, TX female dentist Dr. Miranda Lacy sponsors this blog.