People don’t like dentists as a rule, which is why sleep or sedation dentistry is a viable option. Poking around inside someone’s mouth is usually a no-no for so many of us. This fear can evolve into a full blown phobia over time, either from a past bad experience with pain at a dental procedure, or from just being scared of the entire process. There are those who say that it is simply the patient perspective that leads to such phobias and fears. Some of us simply dislike sitting in the chair with numerous people hovering over them, poking and prodding. The noises of drills and other dental machines are often added to a negative patient perspective, and that can also lead to fears that develop over time.
There are some experts that say a fear of dentistry can start from a patients initial embarrassment of their current dental condition, and that this can eventually can lead to phobias which delays necessary treatment. Whatever the cause may be is being effectively quelled by sleep and sedation dentistry, or by using the many anesthetizing and anti-anxiety medications to leave a patient completely relaxed while the more invasive work of a dentist is completed.
Sleep and sedation dentistry is a procedure that leaves you completely relaxed, it allows the patient to feel comfortable, and it makes sure that the time spent in the dental chair – regardless of the length of actual time – will feel like no time at all. It works in much the same way as a patient going under general anesthesia during a surgical procedure.
Most patients that undergo sedation dentistry describe it as having taken a short nap, feeling completely relaxed. From the time a patient arrives in the chair, the medication is applied, which leads to the ever increased feeling of relaxation, and as the medication takes hold some patients will not even remember the procedure, once completed. Some have the memory of the dentist team around them, some remember feeling very positive about it, and most – if not all – will suggest feelings of being very safe and secure.
The many dental practices that provide sleep dentistry usually talk the patient through the process – even though the patient is completely sedated. This alleviates any doubts that may still exist in the patients mind – on the small chance that the patient is aware of the procedure. Patients, even being as relaxed as they are, can still be very aware of what is happening around them, although there are many patients that literally fall asleep from the medications and only wake once the procedure is over. Even in cases like this, the dental team will usually dictate their actions as a buffer, and to add to the relaxed atmosphere.
Appointments that last up to 10 to 12 hours can feel like only 5 minutes to the patient, thanks to the medication and the procedure of sedation dentistry. This can be highly appealing to those that may need extensive work and/or those that have serious dental phobias. It’s also highly beneficial to those who would rather have most – if not all – the necessary dental work completed in one visit, as opposed to spreading out their work over periods of many repeat visits.
This kind of dentistry is highly recommended for anyone with a sensitivity to dental work, either through fear or because extensive work is needed from continued neglect. Most people who end up getting this procedure have said that it can change their life, since the pain of having a neglected mouth can be rectified within one dental visit, with literally no bad feelings or trepidation involved. Sleep and sedation dentistry is a very useful procedure in any case, but for those with serious phobias, it is almost necessary to relax and reassure patients. Life has enough anxieties, why should going to the dentist be one of them?