Sedation dentistry is a dental practice wherein the dentist or a trained anesthesiologist administers sedatives to patients who suffer either from dental phobia and anxiety or are about to go a lengthy invasive procedure. Dental phobia pertains to an irrational and crippling fear of all things that are associated with dentistry. Patients who suffer from this kind of phobia may avoid dental procedures at all cost, hence allowing their dental problems to worsen over time. They may also display physiological symptoms of the phobia (such as excessive sweating, shaking, and a faster heart beat) when faced with the prospect of a dental procedure.
The most commonly used sedatives are Diazepam, laughing gas and intravenous sedatives. The effects vary for each drug, with some being stronger and longer lasting than others. The kind of drug to be administered also depends on the severity of the patient’s dental phobia and the nature of the dental procedure to be conducted.
When sedated with Diazepam and laughing gas, patients remain conscious during the procedure and are able to communicate with their dentist. They fall into a deep state of relaxation, which helps them get through the procedure comfortably. Patients who receive IV sedation are asleep all throughout the procedure. IV sedation is reserved for patients who need to undergo invasive surgeries and other lengthy, complex dental procedures.
The benefits of sedation dentistry are two-fold. First, it encourages patients who suffer from dental phobia to seek adequate treatment, without worrying about their fears. If they know they can undergo a procedure without feeling any pain, or at least not have any recollection of it, then they feel more capable of receiving dental treatment. It also puts them at ease, making them more comfortable and alleviating their fear.
Second, it helps their dentist in performing dental procedures with little to no interruptions from the patient. This helps them work more efficiently. It also enables them concentrate better on the procedure, without worrying if the patient will panic during treatment.
If you or a loved is scared of visiting the dentist, why not ask about sedation dentistry? Get in touch with Dr. Robert Klein, your Kansas City dentist by giving him a call at 816-479-5058. You may also set an appointment at Highland Dental Clinic through our online form and our staff will handle the rest.