Nearly 145 million people have odontophobia, which is a fear of the dentist. This level of anxiety can encompass distress when coming into contact with individuals wearing white coats having to undergo dental procedures of any kind. This fear level can be reduced through sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation?

Sedation, or “laughing gas” was designed to give patients peace of mind. It is a combination of oxygen, nitrous oxide, as well as medications used to keep patients calm and relaxed the duration of the dental process.

How it Works

Before any dental procedures can be prearranged, it is imperative that the dentist and patient have a one-on-one private consultation. Only then when the patient is comfortable will a follow up or second visit be scheduled.

Inhaled Minimal Sedation

One form of laughing gas is inhaled minimal sedation. The patient inhales nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask that is placed over his or her nose. The amount of laughing gas the patient receives is completely controllable and monitored by the dentist present at the time of operation.

Inhaled minimal sedation has proven successful for alleviating mild to moderate anxiety levels. Patients are able to remain calm and allow the dentist to finish the necessary work. Inhaled minimal sedation also has a pain-relieving effect, few side effects, and patients have the opportunity to drive home after their appointment, which is not usually the case after sedation.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is another option. During visitation, patients receive prescribed oral sedatives that cause patients to fall into a deep relaxed state. Because of their sedation, patients are fundamentally oblivious to the procedures being performed and to the amount of time passing by. Many people have reported having pleasant results and have experienced no side effects. Sedation pills are also cost efficient and safe to use. They do not, however, reduce pain, and they do prohibit patients from driving home after undergoing their dental procedure.

Before undergoing any type of procedure, it is important for the patient to review his or her medical history with the dentist. It is also critical for the patient and dentist to determine if he or she is the appropriate candidate for sedation, whether or not the recommended dose is approved by the FDA, and most importantly review a form detailing the risks of the procedure.

Information Source: Abougoush Professional Corp

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