Dental anxiety is a vicious cycle. You avoid the dentist because you’re afraid, which means you develop dental problems that make you more afraid. But sedation dentistry can help you break the cycle so that you can get the dental treatment you need. It works so well, you might find you even want to go for elective cosmetic dentistry to get yourself a beautiful smile. And sedation dentistry also helps with people who have a strong gag reflex, have difficulty getting numb, or can’t sit still for a long procedure.
If you’re in the Orlando area, please call (407) 834-6446 or email us in Altamonte Springs today for an appointment.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
When you are getting the dental care you need, it shouldn't be an experience that makes you not want to continue receiving oral care. Sedation dentistry can help take care of this worry.
Sedation dentistry is a simple, effective way to overcome many of the reasons why people don’t like visiting the dentist, including:
Strong gag reflex
Difficulty getting numb
Excessive discomfort from dental procedures
Inability to sit still during treatment
Schedule conflicts that force us to do more in longer appointments
Many of these are actually symptoms to low-level dental anxiety. For example, being in a heightened state of anxiety can make your gag reflex especially sensitive. It also makes it harder for you to get numb, because adrenaline in your blood is trying to counteract the effects of anesthesia. And when you’re anxious, you tend to tense your jaw and other muscles, which can lead to additional discomfort from your procedure—and make it hard to sit still.
But even if you don’t have dental anxiety, there’s only so long you can sit still in the dentist’s chair. Sedation dentistry has many benefits that helps you sit still for longer. This can be very helpful if you have a complicated restorative procedure or a smile makeover that you want done. You can have it done in a few longer appointments rather than having to make lots of shorter ones.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry is the easiest thing in the world. You just take a pill before coming in for your appointment. You should begin to feel the effects soon, and by the time you make it to our office, you will be very relaxed and ready to have your dental treatment. This means you’ll need to have someone drive you to our office—you won’t be able to drive yourself once the medication takes effect.
You won’t be asleep. You’ll be aware of your surroundings, and capable of understanding and following directions, but you’ll be relaxed and won’t experience stress in response to the sensations that normally trigger anxiety, such as sights, sounds, smells, and touch. Time will seem to pass really quickly, and you won’t remember much about your treatment, just a generally pleasant feeling. This can help people overcome anxiety, and sometimes patients find that in the future they don’t need the pill any more.
After the procedure, you will need to be driven home, because we can’t know when the medication has worn off completely. You should rest until you feel better, and have someone stay with you for the remainder of the day, just in case.
Sedation Dentistry Is Safe
Sedation dentistry is very safe because it is a very mild medication. It has a very low risk of adverse effects, and there are only a few people who have significant associated risk, such as people with:
Allergies to the medication
Certain respiratory conditions, including sleep apnea
Prescriptions that may interact with sedation drugs
Talk to us about your medical history and we can make sure that sedation dentistry is appropriate for you.
Sedation dentistry is the use of oral medications to help people with dental anxiety and other problems to get needed dental care or requested optional dental treatments.
How does oral sedation work?
Oral sedation is a prescription drug for calming your anxiety. You’re given a prescription for calming medications that you can take before you come to our office. Or you can take it when you arrive. Some people find that they need to take the medication early to calm them enough to actually come to the appointment.
Many of these are actually related to anxiety, and they can all be improved with sedation dentistry. In addition, sedation can help you schedule complex dental treatments by consolidating more work into fewer but longer appointments.
Often. Sedation dentistry allows us to do more work in each dental appointment by extending the appointment out longer because you’re more comfortable. It also allows for more efficient treatment since you’re more relaxed and aren’t interfering with the treatment.
When we decide on your treatment plan, we can discuss how many visits will be necessary to complete treatment.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes. Sedation dentistry is very safe for appropriate candidates. Before scheduling an appointment with sedation, Dr. Michael L. Weinstock will talk to you about your health. He will also want to know about all medications you are taking--including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. It’s important that you are honest during these discussions to ensure you get the best and safest experience.
When you are sedated, we will carefully monitor you. Our staff is highly trained in how to respond in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Will I need someone to drive me to my appointment?
Yes, if you take your medication before coming to your appointment, you will need someone to drive you to your appointment. If you decide to take your medication at our office, you can drive yourself here.
Will I need someone to drive me home from my appointment?
Yes. The sedation medication takes time to wear off, and lingering aftereffects mean you can’t drive yourself home. Have a responsible adult pick you up after your appointment. They should stay with you until the effects of the medication wear off.
Will I be unconscious during my appointment?
No. Sedation dentistry is not really sleep dentistry. Oral sedation creates what is known as conscious sedation. It’s a very mild sedated state. You’ll be awake and aware for the most part. You’ll be able to respond to instructions and answer questions.
You may fall asleep briefly because you’re so relaxed, but this isn’t normal.
Why are people afraid of the dentist?
Dental phobia is very common. It’s more common than fear of spiders, even. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that many people only go to the dentist when they’re in pain, so they associate dental visits with pain. Perhaps people have had bad dental experiences in the past, or maybe they’ve been told horror stories by parents, friends, or family. Sometimes, this is even intended to be helpful as a motivation for oral hygiene, but it backfires.
As modern dentistry becomes better, we expect that fewer people will experience dental anxiety.
But if you are looking for an Orlando area dentist who can help you overcome anxiety with sedation dentistry, please call (407) 834-6446 today for an appointment with Dr. Michael L. Weinstock.
Orlando Sedation Dentistry Dentist Dr. Michael Weinstock