Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
Apart from regular brushing and flossing, regular visits to the dentist are essential to achieving excellent oral health.
However, some people deprive themselves of getting the treatments and procedures they need out of their fear of going to the dental clinic. In turn, this can cause simple dental issues to become more complex problems.
In this regard, some people think of sedation dentistry as the perfect remedy for the fears and anxiety of some patients regarding dental care. Is sedation or sleep dentistry the panacea — the cure-all for dental fears and anxiety that some people tout it to be?
According to Shreveport dentist Dr. Ben Kacos, not in most cases.
Dr. Kacos says that before considering sleep dentistry, there are plenty of factors that need to be considered. First, a patient must find a caring dentist who will attend to his or her dental needs. Sedation dentistry does not replace the need for a caring dentist. Rather, it should function as a supplement.
The dentist does not recommend the use of sleep dentistry for all procedures. Rather, he will recommend it to some patients and for some treatments, especially those that take a lot of time to perform or those that patients find to be unpleasant.
There are three basic types of sedation: inhalation, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation.
Take note that none of these actually involve putting a patient to sleep. The only time a patient is put to sleep is when general anesthesia is administered.
Sedation dentistry is recommended for some types of scenarios. For example, if the patient does not wish to be aware of the procedure, he or she may undergo IV sedation. On the other hand, a patient who simply wants to feel more relaxed can undergo inhalation sedation. A patient who has a specific procedure that he or she fears may opt for any kind of sedation.
There are, however, instances wherein sedation dentistry is not recommended. For example, if you have trust and control issues, you will fare better from not undergoing sedation. Sedation dentistry is also not recommended for patients who have a fear or dislike of the drugs used for sedation or those who believe that the administration of drugs can interfere in their ability to communicate with their dentists.
If you are considering undergoing sedation dentistry to overcome your fears, be aware that it may not be the solution you are looking for. You may have undergone the treatment or procedure that was recommended to you, but you did not actually overcome your fears.
Dr. Kacos says that sedation dentistry has the potential to ease patient fears over the long term. Furthermore, there are patients who have undergone procedures without requiring sedation. The important thing that patients need to do is to weigh the pros and cons and decide for themselves if sedation dentistry is right for them.