One of the most visited clinics by an individual has to be a dental clinic. An average person visits a dental clinic 1-3 times in a year. Still, the fear of going for a dental checkup is constantly bothering a lot of patients.
The sound of the drills, the fear of injections and the very thought of tooth extraction makes your journey to the dental clinic less comfortable and sometimes traumatic.
With the advancement in technology and discovery of dental sedation, the experience at a dental clinic has now become more relaxing, quick and comfortable. Sleep dentistry or dental sedation are excellent methods to have dental procedures done.
There are different types of dental sedation techniques starting with inhaled nitrous oxide sedation, oral pill sedation, Intravenous sedation to general anesthesia.
The following five surprising benefits of dental sedation will assure you that you need not be scared in your next visit to the dentist.
1. Reduces Stress
The biggest hindrance to a dental checkup/treatment is the anxiety that patients have while visiting the dental clinic.
This anxiety can prevent the dentist to properly execute the procedure as the patient tends to be scared and physically not stable during the treatment or surgery.
Dental Sedation in the form of low dosage sedative, helps calm a patient’s mind and keep them relaxed while the dentist performs the procedure.
A localized anesthesia can prevent any form of pain or troubling sensation in and around the treatment area inside the oral cavity. Thus, dental sedation can be very effective in countering mental and physical stress.
2. Saves Time
Because of the stress and trauma associated with a patient’s mind, many dentists recommend multiple sittings for a dental treatment.
This kills time and adds to the cost of the treatment which is ultimately borne by the patient. Using Dental Sedation, dentists can cover multiple procedures fast while the patient is able to relax and stay calm on the chair for a longer duration.
The need for scheduling a second visit is made redundant.
3. Gives a Pleasant Experience
One of the reasons for dental phobia is the traumatic memories that one experiences during a dental procedure.
For example, the awareness that your tooth is being extracted, the feeling of drills operating on your tooth or the sensitivities of your gums or teeth, all of these can create phobia and inhibit you from visiting your dentist.
Apart from pain-relief, dental sedation keeps you in a temporary amnesia state (also known as sleep dentistry) with very little to no memory of your treatment.
Localized anesthesia can numb the sensitive areas inside your mouth keeping you sedated just enough to be unaware of your treatment.
4. Takes care of patients with Special Needs
Dental Sedation takes care of the needs of the kids or patients with special needs like those with Sensory Processing Disorders or Autism or other nervous system related disorders.
Earlier patients with special needs had to suffer from hypersensitivity and true discomfort while visiting a dentist.
The use of Nitrous Oxide (N20) masks enables dentists to clean the teeth of or perform complete procedures on patients experiencing these disorders by keeping them calm and sedated.
5. Helps alleviate Gag Reflexes
When an object touches the roof of your mouth, the back of your tongue or the back of your throat, your body goes into a reflex action by sudden contractions of the throat known commonly as the Gag Reflex.
This is a natural defense mechanism of the body to prevent from choking. While it is good in day to day life, it can be a major obstacle to a dentist performing procedures that require going deep into the oral cavity.
A nervous patient during dental procedures can trigger a gag reflex that leads to a feeling of choking, followed by sputtering and in some cases vomiting.
Dental sedation can help prevent a gag reflex in 2 ways.
a) Mild sedation techniques such as inhalation of Nitrogen oxide using Safe Sedate inhalation mask can help patients relax and reduce nervousness.
b) The use of an anesthetic spray or gel numbs the areas inside the mouth to eliminate a gag reflex initiation.
It is time for you to come out of that fear or needles, drills and that dental chair because dental sedation can ensure you a pain-free, trauma-free, calm and comfortable experience in your next visit to the dental clinic.
If you’re undergoing a sedated procedure, it’s important that you accompany with someone to drive you home and take care.
Consult your dentist and understand more about Dental Sedation and how it can help you with your overall dental experience.