Some people find themselves petrified at the thought of a visit to the dentist. Even the simplest procedure, such as a basic cleaning or check-up, can leave people quaking with fear. Many often find it easier to be anesthetised or medicated to help them deal with the anxiety or stress that accompanies a visit to the dentist.
Commonly known as sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry, these sedating solutions are offered in some form or another by most dentists. Most of the time, there is IV sedation, oral conscious sedation, and even sometimes homeopathic options to aid in relaxation during your visit and procedure. The goal is to provide comfort for the patient and to ease their fears and anxiety about what is to come.
What Is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is typically used to refer to IV sedation, which renders the patient unconscious as though they are sleeping. You will feel no pain or discomfort and will be completely sedated throughout the procedure. When you wake up, you should have no recollection of the procedure. This usually helps people relax.
Sleep dentistry and IV sedation are both very common and very safe for the patient, provided the patient is not allergic to the anaesthesia. Fortunately, allergies to anaesthesia are relatively rare. All medical procedures have some risk, but this form of dentistry is no more dangerous than oral conscious sedation, which is also a common option but for which the patient remains awake. The good news is that both options result in the patient having no recollection of the procedure.
Benefits of Sleep Dentistry
Sedation has several benefits. It can guarantee your own relaxation and comfort, as you will have no memory of the procedure. You will not feel any pain or discomfort, once the sedative has kicked in and allows you to relax and “sleep.” In addition, the dentist will have more freedom to work with your teeth and mouth because you will be completely open and relaxed.
Having the option of unconsciousness on the table often assuages many fears and anxieties, and your oral health is of the utmost importance. If you continue to put off having dental work done because of your fears, you run the risk of creating a far worse issue. Knowing you will be essentially “asleep” can often put the mind at ease, and your dentist will be able to get the procedure done without upsetting you or worrying about any negative reactions resulting from your fear.
Contact Newcastle Dental Care Today
At Newcastle Dental Care, out dental staff have the expertise needed for successful sleep dentistry procedures. They understand the common fears and anxieties of patients, and we offer both conscious and IV sedation solutions to help you gather the courage to do what needs to be done. After all, your oral health is what matters the most, and easing your fears is our goal.