Dental visits, whether you are getting a routine cleaning and exam, or need an issue diagnosed, are important for maintaining optimal oral health. They help to prevent serious oral health issues or address issues before they become worse. However, many people have a fear of the dentist, or experience anxiety when they think of making an appointment. Ignoring routine visits, or any oral pain you may be experiencing can have serious consequences on the condition of your mouth. At National Dental Melville, we can help you to get the treatment you need with sedation dentistry.
Why Sedation Dentistry?
Experiencing fear and anxiety over visiting the dentist is a common issue. Some patients experience extreme fear that will keep them from making an appointment, even if they know they have a serious problem. Ignoring dental treatment, whether it’s a routine cleaning and exam or an exam to diagnose a specific issue, can be detrimental to your oral health. Most dental problems only grow worse over time, putting your oral health at risk, and potentially jeopardizing your overall health. When oral health issues progress, the treatments required grow more invasive.
Sedation is a safe, effective way to help you deal with your fear and anxiety. It allows you to relax so that you can get the treatments you need. Sedation may also be helpful in situations such as:
- You have a bad gag reflex.
- You find it difficult to sit still for any length of time.
- Your pain threshold is low, or your teeth are very sensitive.
- You need to have a significant amount of dental work done, or your treatment will take several hours.
Oral sedation is a type of moderate conscious sedation. It involves the use of a medication that you take by mouth. Common oral sedatives include lorazepam and diazepam. Taking these medications produces a relaxing effect, but you remain conscious throughout. Although you are conscious, you may experience temporary amnesia, which means you may not even remember your procedures.
With this type of sedation, you take the prescribed medication one hour before your scheduled procedure. In general, the medication takes approximately 30 minutes to take effect. This time varies from patient to patient, some feeling the effects sooner, while others feel it later. It is important that you have someone drive you to your appointment. You will also need a ride home after your appointment as well, as the effects of the sedative can linger for several hours.