Sedation Dentistry Candidates
Sedation dentistry is one of the greatest advances of modern dentistry. By administering a properly chosen sedative, the dentists at Champagne Smiles can ensure that you feel completely calm and deeply relaxed throughout your dental procedure. No more fears, anxiety and worries – with sedation dentistry, you can have a pleasant dental experience and even begin to look forward to your next dentist appointment! To help you determine whether you might be a sedation dentistry candidate, Champagne Smiles and his team have compiled a list of top 10 reasons why people consider sedation.
#1: Phobia / Extreme Fear
Dental phobias and anxiety can prevent you from receiving needed treatments because you simply cannot bear the thought of opening your mouth and letting the dentist use the drill and various dental probes. If you experience panic attacks, uncontrollable fear, increased heart beat and blood pressure, sweaty palms and weakness in your legs, sedation dentistry (such as laughing gas or IV sedation) can provide a much-welcome relief.
#2: Needle Phobia
If you are scared of needles, it might be difficult to receive local anesthesia used to numb your teeth. The dentists at Champagne Smiles can help you overcome your fears by administering sedation first – that way, by the time the needle comes, you will be too relaxed to care.
#3: Extremely Unpleasant Past Experience
Sadly, many people tell horror stories about their past dental experiences. Often, the pain and discomfort was caused by unprofessional or uncaring dentists. All the doctors at Champagne Smiles are gentle and sensitive. In fact, Dr. Champagne is a premier cosmetic dentist, and he will provide appropriate sedation to help you forget the bad memories and unpleasant feelings.
#4: Difficulty Getting Properly Numbed
Sometimes, patients do not respond to local anesthesia because the fear response of their brains blocks the medication from taking effect. By administering sedation first, this response is turned off and the anesthetic can work properly.
#5: Extremely Sensitive Teeth
If you suffer from extreme teeth sensitivity, a combination of local anesthesia and sedation will usually take care of the problem. Nitrous oxide sedation is particularly effective because NO2 not only relaxes you but it also raises your pain threshold.
#6: Severe Gag Reflex
If you tend to gag a lot, this might interrupt the dental treatment and make it uncomfortable. Champagne Smiles dentists are extremely patient and accommodating, but often patients feel better after sedation. Techniques such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation can significantly decrease or eliminate the gag reflex.
#7: Short on Time
If you are short on time, you might prefer several procedures being performed during a single dental visit. Sedation dentistry can make the time go by much faster – in fact, many patients report that they felt that the entire treatment took only minutes when in fact it took many hours.
#8: Physical Ailments
People suffering from various physical conditions (such as back pain, neck pain and fibromyalgia) sometimes find it difficult to sit in the dental chair and keep the mouth open for a long period of time. Sedation can help relax the muscles and nerves and enhance patients’ comfort.
#9: You Haven’t Seen a Dentist in Many Years or Decades
If this is your first dental visit after a long break, chances are you will need extensive treatments. Many patients prefer light sedation to make them feel more relaxed, erase any discomfort and make the time go by faster.
#10: Embarrassment / Extreme Shyness
If you feel like you have the worst oral hygiene, and are afraid that the dentist will make you feel embarrassed, sedation can help you relax and forget your worries. Similarly, if you are extremely shy and have a difficult time describing your concerns or answering questions, light sedation might help you relax and feel more at ease.
Who Receives Sedation Dentistry Most Often?
As the above list might have indicated, people who receive sedation dentistry most often are those who experience profound fear or anxiety. In addition, the elderly and the young are often candidates for sedation because their pain thresholds might be lower, and because they might have a hard time controlling their responses. Patients with various physical and mental disabilities are also common candidates for sedation dentistry. Finally, very busy people desiring to complete their smile makeovers quickly also benefit greatly from sedation dentistry.
If you would like to learn how twilight dentistry can help you remain tranquil and calm throughout your dental treatments, please schedule a consultation by calling Champagne Smiles at 732-972-0918.