Conscious Sedation for Nervous Patients

Dental fear often results to not getting the necessary dental treatment, leading to poor dental health. Nervous patients may do whatever it takes just to avoid going to the dentist even for a routine dental checkup; the idea of having to go through a procedure may be enough to send an anxious individual into a panic attack. Forcing oneself to endure the fear throughout a dental appointment can lead to a more traumatic experience that can be embarrassing, painful, and very stressful.

Faced with these negative emotions, a nervous patient may just choose not to go to the dentist at all; it is not uncommon for a scared individual to neglect the state of his or her dental health in exchange for not having to go through an anxiety attack caused by dental fear. The anxiety attack can be brought about by past negative experiences, fear of pain or discomfort, fear of embarrassing oneself while undergoing a dental treatment, fear of the dentist and/or the dental drill, and a host of other factors.

Conscious sedation is a modern dentistry technique used to help ease the fears of nervous patients, providing them with the chance to get the dental treatments they need without having to face a difficult time during the procedure. This method is designed to put patients in a calm, very relaxed state of mind so that any fears and anxiety will not be experienced while the dentist proceeds with the treatment. The sedative will also allow the dentist to carry on with the procedure without worrying too much about the anxiety level of the patient; it can also help control a powerful gag reflex that can make the dental work much more difficult to do.

The sedative is administered by a qualified anaesthetist, who will also monitor the patient throughout the sedation process to ensure complete safety. Under conscious sedation, the patient will be placed in a very relaxed state of mind, free from anxiety or discomfort. As the name suggests, the patient will be conscious throughout the sedation (and the dental treatment), allowing easy communication with the dentist for any instructions that may need to be followed during the procedure. The sedative will also make it seem like time passes by very quickly – and also works in erasing any unpleasant parts of the treatment from the patient’s memory to that he or she will not have to deal with negative memories even after the procedure.