Many people fear the dentist, and surprisingly, quite a large number are adults. There are many reasons why some fear having their teeth checked. Some have had a previous traumatic experience while at the dentist. Others have a more or less irrational fear of needles and dental equipment. All those drills and pointy sharp-looking objects can be quite scary at first glance.
However, there is nothing to fear at today’s dentist offices. Today’s dental procedures are practically painless and quick, compared to what people had to endure a century ago, for example. But even with all these precautions and client-friendly there are still people who fear dentists. This mostly has to do with the fact that, although sedation is administered in every procedure, it is mostly done intravenously, which involves the use of needles. While it indeed makes the gum and tooth nerves numb, the sight of a needle is enough to unsettle many people who have an aversion to it. Besides, there is an initial pain when the needle makes contact with the gum. Sure it’s small, but for someone who has an irrational fear of injections, it is enough to drive him or her in a state of near panic.
For these people, a new and improved procedure has been invented: oral sedation dentistry
What is oral sedation dentistry?
Oral Sedation dentistry Highlands Ranch dentists provide is a pain free procedure that is used by millions of people around the world to great effect. It is very easy to administer and the results will very quickly become apparent.
Anxious adults benefit the most from oral sedation dentistry. The way it works is very simple. A sedative is administered orally, in the form of a pill or some kind of liquid. The drug you are given is usually a part of the sedative-hypnotic family, for example, a benzodiazepine. Just like diazepam and other such similar drugs, it will make the patience drowsy, ensuring that he remains calm and cooperative during the entire procedure.
The effects are not as immediate as those of intravenous injections, as it can take an hour or so for the patient to feel the medication working. However, once it kicks in, it is very effective at eliminating both pain and anxiety symptoms. The patient will however be conscious, so as to be able to do what the dentists asks. Besides drowsiness, it can also cause a form of short term amnesia, in the sense that the patient won’t remember the procedure afterwards.
Oral sedation is the best solution for anxious adults
So if you are an adult but still feel the dentist, don’t worry – The solution to your problems is oral sedation dentistry. With it, even the most anxious adults can have a comfortable experience while being on the dentist chair. Just make sure to have someone pick you up or drive you home, as the effect of drowsiness will still be felt a few hours afterwards.