Along with brushing and flossing, regular visits to the dentist are integral to oral health. Good oral health can lead to greater confidence because you are not worried about bad breath and missing teeth. However, there are those who have an irrational fear of dental care professionals. Despite experiencing excruciating pain, these people opt to take a pain reliever or simply ignore a nagging pain. In turn, this deprives them of addressing the root of the problem as well as finding a long-term solution. Even more, this can contribute to poor oral health and unsightly teeth which can lead to low self-esteem, lack of sleep and self-consciousness.
Here at Greenwood Dental, one of our specialties is sleep dentistry which is particularly geared for those who hate needles, have a low pain threshold, and have difficulty in getting numb, have a strong gag reflex, have sensitive teeth and gums, or simply hate the smell and noise associated with getting a dental treatment.
But what is sleep dentistry, exactly?
Sleep or sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedatives for dental treatments. While sedation is commonly used for major dental procedures like root canals and the extraction of wisdom teeth, sedation dentistry benefits people who have a phobia of dentists and dental treatments.
The levels of sedation can vary, depending primarily upon the patient’s response to external stimulation. There are three levels of sedation used by dental professionals: minimal sedation, moderate sedation and deep sedation. In minimal sedation, the goal is to simply reduce the patient’s anxiety. With this type of sedation, he or she can still respond to both verbal and physical stimulation. In moderate sedation, the level of relaxation is much deeper and stimulation must be purposeful to get a response from the patient. Finally, in deep sedation, the patient is completely unconscious.
Sedation dentistry is safe and does not require hospitalisation, although at Greenwood Dental we have a medical doctor specialising in sedation present for every sedation procedure. After a brief period of waking up, you can go home or head back to work without any side effects.
Apart from people who have a phobia of dentists, people who need to undergo longer dental sessions and those who have a busy schedule can also benefit from sedation dentistry. Even dental professionals benefit from the sedation of their patients. Many dentists find that the high anxiety level of a patient can prove to be a challenge in the performance of a dental procedure. With a calm and more relaxed patient, the dentist can deliver the best service to his patients.
You do not have to let your fears deprive you of the proper medical treatment for your oral health woes. Sedation or sleep dentistry can be the right solution for your specific condition. Contact us to find out more.