Just the mention of a dental visit can conjure up images of medieval torture practices like pulling out all of a person’s teeth or being stretched on the rack. This has nothing to do with modern dentistry, of course – and yet some people continue to fear the dentist so much they may go years or even decades without visiting a dentist.
Sedation dentistry may be the key that gets the fearful back to the dentist’s office for much-needed dental care.
There are varying levels of sedation used by dentists, and not all dentists offer each type. For example, intravenous (IV) sedation, oral sedation (anti-anxiety medication), and nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) all offer varying degrees of sedation for a comfortable and safe dental appointment. Check with your dentist about what is offered and appropriate for your needs.
Who May Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
A wide range of people may benefit from sedation dentistry. Viable candidates for sedation dentistry include people who:
- Fear the dentist
- Haven’t seen a dentist in 10 years
- Are resistant to the effects of local anesthetics like Novocain
- Have difficulty keeping their mouth open
- Are extremely anxious
- Have behavioral issues like autism that make it difficult to sit still or be touched
- Are sensitive to pain
- Need a lot of dental work done
Dental Health is Critical to Overall Health
People who have not seen a dentist in many years may have broken teeth, abscesses, and advanced periodontal disease. What many don’t realize is that a severe infection in the mouth, in addition to being excruciatingly painful, can lead to a life-threatening infection elsewhere in the body.
So, the next time you decide to skip a dental visit or refuse to make an appointment because of the length of time since your last checkup, ask about sedation dentistry. You will be able to have a lot of work done in a single visit, without pain or anxiety.
Sedation dentistry has become increasingly common; more patients than ever before are opting for it. If you live in South Florida and are interested in trying the most comfortable way to have dental work done, call My Pompano Dentist at (954) 941-2412 or request an appointment online. It could put an end to your fear of visiting the dentist.