I’m Afraid of Needles: Is Sedation Dentistry Still an Option?
Many people have fears of visiting the dentist or oral surgeon and receiving oral health treatments. This is why some patients may request sedation dentistry when they undergo treatment such as removing wisdom teeth or receiving dental implants. For patients with dental phobias or for procedures that require stillness, our oral surgeon offers varying levels of sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedatives have been used in oral surgeries and dental procedures for centuries. In fact, nitrous oxide gas has been used as a mild and fast-acting method of sedation for over one hundred years. Sedatives work to relax the patient’s body while also easing the mind. A patient’s recollection of the procedure depends on the level of sedation used. Generally speaking, sedatives reduce anxiety and promote a restful and comfortable experience during a wide range of procedures.
What types of sedation are available?
Our oral surgeon offers mild sedation with nitrous oxide, oral sedation with prescription medication, and intravenous sedation. For patients with a fear of needles or those who do not require deep sedation, oral sedatives are often used. These medicines come from a specific pharmacological family called benzodiazepines. This family of medicine has anti-anxiety benefits because it works directly on the receptors in the brain that release the chemical reactions that cause fear, anxiety, and stress.
For more complex or lengthy procedures, IV sedation is ideal. This form of sedation is administered in a highly controlled environment where the dosage and the patient’s vitals are monitored closely. IV sedation’s effects work quickly and most patients have limited recollection of their procedure, which is ideal for the fearful patient.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe because it is administered by professionals. The dosage used is determined by a number of factors such as weight and medical history and are tailored to the needs of every patient.
To schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth extractions, a dental implants consultation, or an examination, call our oral surgery office serving Charlottesville and surrounding areas today!