5 Ways Sedation Helps Dental Patients
- March 7, 2016
Which of the following things would you do if you had to do one of them today?
A. Watch a scary movie
B. Give a speech in front of a crowd of people
C. Go to the dentist
We understand that for many people, just thinking about visiting the dentist creates a sense of anxiety. We also know that we can help patients, like you, who may share that fear of the dentist.
Dr. Peltzer has made a special effort to become one of the best sedation dentists in Connecticut. If you live in or near Plainville, CT, then our dentist is just a short drive away at Gentle Dental Care.
Helping you and all our patients feel comfortable is an essential part of our approach to dental care.
By offering three types of sedation, we are confident that we can help you remain calm and relaxed no matter your anxiety level and no matter what procedure you need.
For patients with mild dental anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide sedation. This is one of the most efficient forms of sedation dentistry.
You simply sit down and breathe in the gas. Within moments, you will feel a sense of euphoria and relaxation, which will make it much easier for you to receive the dental care that you need. When you are finished, we turn off the gas, and you can go on with your day.
Our other forms of sedation are stronger and have longer lasting effects. Because of that, you will need someone else to take you home if you undergo oral conscious or IV sedation.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill before your appointment, while IV sedation is intended for longer procedures or patients who have severe dental anxiety.
If you’ve been avoiding the dentist, here are five reasons sedation dentistry may help you get back in the chair.
1. It Will Ease Your Anxiety.
We know this is a point that we’ve made already, but sedation dentistry works on two levels.
To start, it may help you manage your dental anxiety or dental fear so you can come to our office for an appointment. This isn’t going to make your anxiety go away overnight, but it can help you learn how to manage that anxiety.
Just knowing that sedation is an option during your treatment can make it easier to get into the habit of routine cleanings and examinations. That will help you improve your oral health for the long run.
2. It Can Keep You Calm.
You may remember learning about the “fight or flight” response when you were in school. This is an instinctive response by animals who feel they are being threatened.
Humans have a similar response, even if we usually have more self-control than other species. This doesn’t change your biological response – your heart rate increases, your blood pressure rises, and you feel stressed.
By keeping you calm, sedation reduces these stress reactions. This is healthier for you, and it makes it easier for the dentist who is providing your care.
3. It Can Eliminate Your Pain.
Dentists have been using nitrous oxide for more than 150 years because of its pain-relieving qualities.
One of the most common fears related to going to the dentist has to do with pain. Many people worry that a particular procedure will cause them to suffer more than they already are.
We named our practice Gentle Dental Care for a reason. We don’t want our patients to feel any pain during their treatment.
4. It Can Make Your Treatment Seem Like A Dream.
If you’ve ever taken a long trip in a car or on a plane, then you may have fallen asleep during your travels. The entire time you were asleep, you were moving toward your goal. When you woke up, you still made the journey even if you don’t remember how it happened.
Dental sedation can work in a similar way. When you are sedated, you may fall asleep or just feel extremely drowsy. Many patients have no memory of what took place, but they still get the same benefits of a cleaning, root canal treatment, or dental implant placement.
5. It Can Greatly Reduce Your Gag Reflex.
We know from experience that some people have more sensitive gag reflexes than others. If you are one of those people, you may avoid the dentist for that very reason.
By keeping yourself relaxed with dental sedation, your won’t have to worry about a dental procedure triggering your gag reflex. (This may be related to not remembering what is happening.)
If you have any concerns about sedation dentistry itself, then we want you to know that Dr. Peltzer has a national reputation as an expert in dental anesthesia and dental sedation. His drive to continue learning more is one of the reasons he has been named one of America’s Top Dentists three separate times.
He is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Most important, he wants to put his knowledge to work for you and every patient who visits our dentist office in Plainville, CT.
To find out how sedation dentistry at Gentle Dental Care can help you, call 860-479-2397 or fill out our online appointment form. We look forward to helping you.