Category: Sedation Dentistry

More Laughing Gas Please: Overcoming Dental Fear with Sedation

Does the thought of a dentist scraping your teeth scare the living daylights out of you? Would you rather endure a toothache than set foot inside a dental clinic?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to both, you are not alone.

Sedation DentistryA number of individuals suffering from dental fear would rather let their teeth rot than face the uncertainties in the clinic. Exposure to stimuli (such as the sound of drills or mechanical chairs) provokes immediate fear, which results in anxiety attacks and distress.

Fortunately, patients with dental fear need not evade their dentists out of anxiety. With sedation dentistry, those who suffer from dental phobia can achieve proper treatment without provoking panic attacks.

Understanding sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry uses medication that helps patients with dental phobia to endure treatment or procedures. Known as ‘sleep dentistry,’ this procedure helps patients relax by putting them in a dreamlike state during surgery. Sedation dentistry eliminates a dental phobic patient’s anxiety and stress prior to their visit.

Sleep dentistry is an ideal solution for patients suffering from cases of dental phobia. Apart from aiding dentists in performing surgery on anxious patients, the medications also help patients eventually overcome their fear of the dentist.

Levels and types of sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry includes three levels depending on the patient’s case and the dentist’s recommendation:

  • Minimal sedation – you are awake but relaxed
  • Moderate sedation – medication causes you to slur your words and forget much of the procedure
  • Deep sedation – you are barely conscious but dentists can wake you up when needed
  • General anaesthesia – you are unconscious

Different degrees of dental sedation depend on the extent of the patient’s fear or anxiety. These sedation techniques allow patients to receive treatment for a healthy and white smile without experiencing panic attacks:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation: (also known as laughing gas) induces a state of relaxation
  • Intravenous sedation: administered through your bloodstream and also induces a state of relaxation
  • Oral sedatives: oral medications given to patients the night before the procedure depending on anxiety

Overcome your fear of the dentist with the help of sedation dentistry. Northlight Dental can help you deal with your anxiety and provide the smile you’ve always wanted. Book an appointment now.