The Top 5 Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
The Top 5 Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental phobia is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. For some, it takes the form of mild apprehension before they have a dental procedure done. For others, the phobia is so pronounced that they will sink into a full-blown panic attack at the mere thought of visiting a dentist. Regardless of where you are on this dental phobia spectrum, sedation dentistry can help you to deal with that fear.
Sedation dentistry takes many forms, such as inhalation of the sedative, the administration of the sedative orally or intravenously and even general anesthesia for the most severe cases of dental anxiety/phobia. Sedation dentistry offers several advantages or benefits to you as explained below.
We asked our friend, Dr. Cody Cowen, a dentist in Baton Rouge, LA, about sedation dentistry. Dr. Cowen says anxiety relief is the number one reason why patients opt for sedation dentistry. He says sedation dentistry brings complete relief from the anxiety that you feel while you are at the dentist’s office. The sedative that you are given depends on how serious your dental phobia is. For example, people who are mildly anxious can be given nitrous oxide (laughing gas) while those who have a severe form of dental fear (for example, those who start screaming and resisting the dental team) can be given a general anesthetic so that they can sleep right through the dental procedure being performed by Dr. Kacos and his team in Shreveport LA.
Managing the Gag Reflex
Some people have a highly sensitive gag reflex that can be a stumbling block to the successful performance of some dental procedures. For such people, this involuntary urge to expel anything that gets into the throat or deep in the mouth can be curtailed by the use of sedation dentistry.
The sedative administered by Dr. Kacos, an emergency dentist in Shreveport, will deactivate the gag reflex so that the dental procedure can go on without any disruption. In this way, you will get the dental care you need without your instinctive reactions getting in the way.
Triggering Anterograde Amnesia
Memories usually serve a good purpose, such as helping you to remember the places that you have been to or the people that you interact with. However, Dr. Kacos explains that memories can sometimes be a bad thing, especially if someone’s dental phobia stems from a bad experience at the dentist’s in the past.
Memories of that unpleasant experience keep flooding the mind of the patient and he or she will become anxious or even overwhelmed each time they need to see a dentist.
Sedation dentistry can be the instrument which breaks the chain of those memories. When you undergo a dental procedure while sedated, your brain cannot store memories about that experience. So, the past memories will gradually fade if subsequent dental visits don’t reinforce those memories. In this way, you will eventually overcome your dental phobia.
Reducing the Time Needed for a Dental Procedure
A simple dental procedure can take longer than it should if Dr. Kacos keep worrying about your dental phobia or when he has to take frequent breaks so that you can recover from the mounting anxiety that you are experiencing during the procedure.
Wouldn’t you want an “unpleasant” experience to end quickly? Sedation dentistry helps with that. You will be unable to squirm or struggle to free yourself if the dental procedure is performed after you are sedated. Consequently, the dentist in Shreveport LA will work faster and you will leave the dental office sooner.
You may be one of those people who have a low threshold for pain. In that case, even basic dental procedures like professional cleanings can be very painful. Even if you have a high pain threshold, you wouldn’t look forward to having a tooth extracted without any form of anesthetic, would you?
Sedation dentistry is available to make every dental procedure as painless as possible. In fact, many people are willing to visit the dentist because they offer pain-free treatment with sedation dentistry.
So, have you been dragging your feet about seeing the dentist regarding that painful tooth or any other dental concern? Fear no more! Dr. Ben Kacos has extensive experience in performing sedation dentistry in Shreveport, LA. Call him today and let him use the “magic” of sedation dentistry to restore your beautiful smile.