If you’re struggling to make a necessary dental appointment or are gripped with nerves as a scheduled visit to your dentist approaches – maybe it’s time to consider the option of Oral Sedation Dentistry – a procedure that some dental patients turn to when nerves, anxiety, or length of appointment or frequency of appointments become overwhelming.
Before any form of Sedation Dentistry is offered to patients a thorough review of an individual’s medical history is completed. Sedation Dentistry may not be suitable for every patient; as it can interfere with prescribed medications and affect patients dealing with chronic conditions. Providing your dental team with full medical disclosure will enable them to establish if you’re a good candidate.
General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental in NW Calgary explain that Conscious Oral Sedation works by relaxing a patient by slowing the action of the central nervous system – thereby reducing and minimizing the anxiety and fear associated with dental treatment. Nobody loves going to the dentist but for some patients the level of anxiety prevents dental treatment being completed efficiently and effectively. Working on a patient who jumps at every sound, movement and contact can prove to be challenging for the dental provider, but with the assistance of sedation an appointment can become calm and stress-free for all concerned.
Remaining conscious throughout dental treatment is important to some nervous patients – so the use of Conscious Oral Sedation Dentistry can be a viable option as it enables a patient to attain a level of calmness without having to have general anesthesia. It’s important to note that each patient’s body metabolizes sedation medication at a different rate – meaning that patients will experience different levels of relaxation – and the ability to respond to conversation and recover from sedation medication will vary between individuals. Patients who elect to use Oral Sedation are considered impaired and require a companion to drive them to and from their appointments.
Sedation Dentistry can provide anxiety filled patients with a way of facing dental treatment, as most sedation drugs have an amnesic effect – so patients have little or no recollection of an appointment – allowing them to gain dental confidence.
Sedation Dentistry is not for everyone and careful screening of a patient’s medical history is required prior to treatment.
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