Anxiety about visiting the dentist is nothing to be ashamed of, in fact, it’s very common. Unfortunately, this means that there are a lot of people not receiving the dental treatment that they need as a result of their fear. Failing to arrange for check-ups once or twice a year could result in your oral health deteriorating considerably if a problem isn’t spotted, in fact, in some cases, avoiding the dentist could lead to poor effects on your overall health. The good news is, there are many dental sedation services that are designed especially for treating nervous patients. If you experience discomfort as a result of the sights, sounds, smells or tastes or the dental surgery, have had a traumatic experience in the past, have a fear of needles and other dental equipment, sedation dentistry could be a great help. If you are usually calm when visiting the dentist, but are feeling anxiety about a long treatment session that’s needed, dental sedation could also help you.
How does dental sedation work?
At Wycombe Dental Centre, we practice “Twilight Sleep” dental sedation, where a sedative drug is administered into the patients arm. The drug helps the patient to feel relaxed, sleepy and carefree, forgetting about their anxiety. After the sedation wears off, patients have very little memory of their treatment, so it’s very unlikely that they would be traumatised by their treatment.
We can also use laughing gas, which provides light relaxation. This technique is popular with children, but can also be used for adults, allowing them to drive after treatment.
So how do dental sedation services help?
Sedation dentistry has many benefits, helping to alleviate a lot of common anxieties and fears about visiting a dentist:
- It makes patients more co-operative – young children and nervous patients can be uncooperative with their dentist, preventing them from receiving the care that they need. Dental sedation helps them to relax and trust their dentist.
- It helps prevent gag reflex – Nervous patients are much more likely to suffer from anxiety-induced gag reflex, which can be very uncomfortable, often leading to more stress. Sedation dentistry helps to reduce this.
- Treatment can be completed faster – When patients get nervous when sitting in the dentist’s chair, it can often mean that treatment will take longer, sometimes resulting in growing anxiety for the patient. Sedation dentistry means that the patient can relax and the dentist can carry out their work at the normal speed, without interruption.
- Sedation can mean fewer appointments – Some dental treatments can take a long period of time, which can understandably be tiring for a patient, especially if they are nervous and stressed. As sedation dentistry relaxes the patient, dentists can work for longer periods of time, carrying out treatment that would normally require multiple appointments.
Regular dental appointments are essential for us to maintain good oral health, keep our teeth in good condition and spot any possible problems before they get serious. Many people avoid seeing the dentist as a result of their fears and are therefore at more risk of oral and overall health problems. With the benefits of dental sedation services, more and more patients can feel comfortable about visiting the dentist.
To learn more about sedation dentistry in High Wycombe or to book an appointment with Wycombe Dental Centre, call 01494 442922 today or email email@example.com.