Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that can help people with dental phobias have pleasant dental appointments. Undergoing sedation may sound alarming to anyone who is unfamiliar with the idea. However, the drugs and practices used in sedation dentistry are perfectly safe, and they can help you have a comfortable dental appointment. Here are a few basic facts that can allay your fears about undergoing a dental procedure with the aid of sedation:
1. There are various levels of sedation dentistry.
The sedatives used in sedation dentistry come in different types and strengths. The mildest sedative used to relieve patients' anxiety is nitrous oxide, an inhalable gas that provides patients with a sense of well-being. Patients with particularly strong dental phobias can take advantage of oral sedatives, intravenous sedatives, or a combination of the two. Full sedation, also known as general anesthesia, is sometimes used to help patients through especially long or invasive procedures. You can have a conversation with your dentist to determine what level of sedation is right for you.
2. Dental sedatives will not cause addiction.
Many of the sedatives used during sedation dentistry are non-habit-forming. For instance, nitrous oxide is not an addictive substance, and it can be safely used by almost everyone. Other sedatives used during sedation dentistry, such as benzodiazepines, have the potential to be addictive in the right circumstances. However, you will be given these drugs in a supervised medical environment. The infrequent administration of anxiolytic drugs during dental appointments is not enough to cause physical dependence. If you have concerns about psychological dependence based on a history of drug addiction, you can speak to your dentist to come up with a dental sedation plan that is safe and effective for you.
3. Your dental practitioner will provide a safe and judgment-free environment.
It's true that you may say or do things that are out of character immediately after emerging from some of the stronger sedatives used in sedation dentistry. People who awaken from general anesthesia have been known to say some outrageous things before they become fully aware. However, your dental team is used to this side effect of dental sedatives, and they will not judge you or think you're weird. You will be closely monitored until you are conscious and aware of yourself once more. You can rest assured knowing that you will be in good hands from the beginning to the end of your procedure.