Statistics show that over forty percent of people in the world avoid visiting a dentist due to fear and anxiety. If you are reading this, then there is a good chance you are a part of that large number. People often associate dental appointments with painful procedures, though this is usually never the case. Those who have dental anxiety are hurting their teeth by skipping out on their much needed bi-annual cleanings and treatments for possible problems. Fortunately there is an option available for these types of people, it is known as Sedation Dentistry in Sydney.
Sedation Dentistry practices are different than other regular practices because they have the option to calm your nerves during your visit. The strength of the sedation will depend on the type of procedure being done. A lighter dose will be given to those who are a bit uncomfortable, a moderate for people who are fidgety, and a strong strength would be used to put you to sleep for major dentistry. You’ll feel completely relaxed during the entire visit and never notice any sign of discomfort at all.
The common types of conscious sedation are inhalation, intravenous, and intramuscular sedation.
1. Inhalation Sedation : or nitrous oxide-oxygen, is the most common sedation technique and is also known as ‘happy’ gas. Inhalation sedation is a preferable option as patients recover quickly and may leave the dental office alone and immediately resume their normal daily activities.
2. Intravenous Conscious Sedation : is a safe sedation technique and though it is not as readily available as other forms of sedation, it is more effective than administering the same drugs orally. Patients will not remember any of the procedure and will feel as though they were asleep, even though they were wide-awake throughout. When intravenous sedation is used, patients will need to be hooked up to monitoring devices to measure blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. Patients must have someone escort them when leaving the office after the procedure.
3. Intramuscular Sedation : involves injecting sedative drugs into the muscle of the upper arm or thigh and is a less common option.
General Anaesthesia : is required only in extreme cases and requires a trained and certified professional to monitor the patient while the dentist performs the dental procedure(s). Anxious or phobic patients find that sleep dentistry offers a perfect solution for maintaining good dental health while being in a totally relaxed state. Sleep dentistry ensures that patients experience no pain or anxiety during their dental procedures, and prevents emergencies that could occur as a result of such anxiety, like fainting.
Typically, sleep dentistry will offer you the sedation while you are in the waiting for the procedure, about an hour before the procedure, to give it time to set in (for weaker strengths). This doesn’t only help you, but it makes the entire process easier for the dentist operating since you are not moving around and distracting them from their work.
An office must pass a series of tests before becoming an official licensed to practice IV Sedation Dentistry. For a dentist to be able to use sedation techniques, they must complete a special extensive training course. If a dentistry states they are able to utilize sedations, like our practice, then you can schedule an appointment knowing full well you’ll be able to relax during whatever it is you are going in for.
Visiting us is a choice you will not regret. Our goal is to make your visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We have a team of experienced, professional dentists able to treat any oral problem that arises. If you have a toothache, infection, or just want a good cleaning then give us call today to schedule an appointment.