Heart rate at more than a hundred beats per minute, sweaty palms, a sinking stomach, a trembling body, and a mind lost in frenzy–-these seem to be the doing of a suspense thriller movie. Unfortunately, these physical manifestations can happen in real life as well, sans the chainsaw-wielding psychopath. These are also some of the experiences of a patient with dental anxiety or phobia. Dental anxiety is the main reason why many people avoid routine trips to the dentist. In fact, 80 percent of American adults admit they have trouble sitting still in the dentist’s chair.
Two wrongs never make a right. It’s bad enough that some people only visit dentists when they are already in excruciating pain—worse still is that others continue to avoid the dentist even if this is the case. What most people do not know is that leaving dental problems unattended can result in serious teeth and gum complications. If you’re part of the population who avoids routine checkups due to excessive fear, then you’ll be glad to know that Phoenix sedation dentistry practices like the office of Dr. Reem Kidess can help you every step of the way.
Sedation dentists use sedatives to calm and relax patients prior to procedures like root canal or tooth extraction. Sedation comes in varying degrees and depends on the patient’s level of anxiety or the complexity of the procedure. Sedatives can be administered in three primary ways, which are:
Oral sedation involves the use of anti-anxiety pills prior to the procedure. Medication is given either a night before the dental visit or two hours before the treatment. It is ideal for patients who cannot pull themselves together at the sight of needles. A Phoenix sedation dentist will not start the procedure unless the patient feels the drug’s effect. A high percentage of patients feel slight to no discomfort during the appointment.
Intravenous Sedation (IV)
IV refers to the process of administering medication directly into the bloodstream. This kind of medication is not used among most dental offices because the process requires advanced training and certification by the State Board of Dentistry. The main advantage of IV sedation is that the effects are instantaneous and the dentist has total control over the amount of sedatives used.
It is also known as “laughing gas” sedation. It involves the use of nitrous oxide, which induces a warm, pleasant, and relaxed sensation. Patients might feel giggly because of the drug’s effect. The Paradise Valley dentist has complete control over the amount of laughing gas as it is administered using a mask. Dentists recommend laughing gas for patients who have excessive dental fears.