Dental anxiety or phobia is a condition that affects nearly 15% of the U.S. population and impacts the sufferer’s oral and general health. This is because failing to identify potential dental problems early can worsen their symptoms.
If you’re suffering from a dental infection, the bacteria could eventually access and travel through the bloodstream until it infects the major organs. Other side effects of serious dental problems include pain, tooth loss, and jawbone deterioration. Studies have also shown links between poor oral health and medical diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Thankfully, there’s a solution for dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry uses medications to relax a patient, making dental checkups or invasive treatments possible. It’s also been successful in helping patients with physical or mental impairments get the dental care they need.
Side Effects from Sedation
Stronger sedation can increase the number and intensity of side effects you may experience. These may include:
- Dry mouth
If you’re concerned about any of the side effects, contact us as soon as possible.
If you're fearful of the dentist and avoid regularly scheduled checkups, we’d be delighted to help you. Our comprehensive sedation dentistry services can help even the most anxious patient enjoy excellent dental health. Call Vero Dental Spa today to arrange a consultation appointment!
Types of Dental Sedation
Sedation comes in several forms and depends on several factors. These are usually:
- The extent of your anxiety or phobia
- The type of dental procedure you require
- Your medical history (to ensure that the drugs used in the sedation are suitable for you)
The right sedation for you will be discussed at your consultation appointment.
Light sedation is normally offered in the form of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. We’ll place a mask over your nose during the procedure, and the gas you inhale will relax you. The effects of light sedation wear off as soon as you stop inhaling the gas. You should feel completely normal after your procedure.
Moderate sedation requires the patient to take a sedative medication pill about an hour ahead of their procedure. The drug induces a considerably deeper state of relaxation, and you’ll probably have little recollection of the treatment. You’ll also need a friend or family member to drive you home after.
Deep sedation is normally reserved for patients with extreme anxiety and longer, more complex dental procedures. It’s administered intravenously and will put patients on the verge of unconsciousness. You will not be aware of what’s going on during the procedure and will have no memory of it afterward. You’ll also need someone to drive you home after the treatment, as you may feel dizzy or disoriented for some time after.