Are you or somebody you know fear of going to the dentist? Or does the thought of sitting still for long dental procedures make you anxious? You are not the only one! More than 100 million people in U.S. experience some form of dental fear, anxiety or even dental phobia.Sedation Dentistry has already helped millions of anxious patient get the dental care they need and desire without the anxiety and pain they usually feel about going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry can help! But first an explanation about dental fear.
There is distinct difference among dental anxiety, dental fear, and dental phobia.
DENTAL ANXIETY is a reaction to an UNKNOWN danger, and the individual anticipates the worst even from relatively straightforward procedures. Anxiety is very usual, and most people experience some degree of dental anxiety especially if they’re about to have something done which they’ve never experienced before. Basically, it’s a fear of the unknown.
DENTAL FEAR is a reaction to a known danger (“I know what the dentist is going to do, been there, done that – I’m scared”), which involves a fight-or-flight response when confronted with the threatening stimulus.
DENTAL PHOBIA is basically the much stronger fear. Also, the fight-or-flight response occurs when just thinking about or being reminded of the threatening situation. Someone with a dental phobia will avoid dental care at all costs until either a physical problem or the psychological burden of the phobia becomes overwhelming.
It is difficult to define “dental anxiety”. From what little research there is available, this may be more common in people who are generally anxious. Also, even people, who’ve never had a bad experience with a dentist or a dental procedure, can develop dental fear or phobia – this is usually the outcome of vicarious learning (that is, scare-stories or media portrayal).
A person’s life can be affected widely by dental fear and anxiety. Not only does their dental health suffer, but dental phobia may lead to anxiety and depression. Laughing out loud is out of the question – cannot hide one’s teeth… Depending on how obvious the damage is, the individual may avoid meeting people due to embarrassment over their teeth. Loss of self-esteem over not being able to do something as “simple” as going to a dentist and intense feelings of guilt over not having looked after one’s teeth properly are also very common. Dental phobia sufferers may also refuse to see doctors for fear that they might want to have a look at their tongue or throat and imply that a visit to a dentist might be in order.
Sedation Dentistry or Oral Conscious Sedation is a safe and easy way to significantly lower dental fear and anxiety. It is as easy as taking a pill! Sedation Dentistry refers to the way a dentist can handle pain and anxiety during dental appointments. Sedation Dentistry helps reduce the anxieties that people feel at the dental office and nearly eliminates the pain associated with dental procedures.
Conscious Sedation in dentistry is defined as a simply reduced level of consciousness that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway as well as awareness.Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under Conscious Sedation are able to respond to conversations and breathe on their own. Also unlike General Anesthesia or I.V. sedation, Oral Conscious sedation does not need needles to administer and does not cost more associated with I.V. Sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation protocols have been used safely on adults for over 30 years but were recently enhanced to make the dental experience better. There are no needles required to administer Oral Conscious Sedation and you will feel little or no discomfort once you are sedated.
Before starting any treatments, your doctor will review your medical history and tell you how Oral Conscious Sedation can work for you. On the day of your Oral Conscious Sedation Dentist appointment, you will take the medication – a pill – and have a companion take you to your dentist’s office. Experienced clinical team members are with you during your entire visit to make certain that you are completely relaxed and comfortable and continue to monitor your comfort very closely throughout your therapy. Many patients feel no discomfort during and after treatment.
Dentists must be certified and trained in Sedation Dentistry. Not every dentist can perform Oral Conscious Sedation. If the dentist have not completed advanced training in Oral Conscious Sedation and is not licensed by the State, he/she can not perform Sedation Dentistry.
Sedation Dentistry has already helped millions of fearful patient get the dental care they need and desire without the anxiety and pain they usually feel about going to the dentist.Isnt time for you to smile more?