A More Comfortable Experience with Sedation Dentistry
Treating Patient Anxiety
- Feelings of fear and tensions prior to an examination
- Insomnia before an examination
- Nervousness that increases while waiting for an examination to begin
- Anxiety triggered from the sight of medical instruments or dental office sounds
- Distress and panic when the dentist begins an examination
It’s completely normal to be worried or stressed about an upcoming treatment or examination, but when fear keeps a patient away from routine check-ups and cleanings, or even from necessary restorative procedures, it negatively affects their oral health.
At Acworth Premier Dental Care, we understand many of our patients experience anxiety in our office. We make it a priority to ensure each patient is as comfortable and relaxed as possible when in our office. If you are especially nervous or fearful about an upcoming procedure, sedation dentistry treatments can give you anxiety-relieving benefits that will allow you to take care of your dental health without undue emotional or mental stress.
Oral sedation is a type of medication that Dr. Tran can prescribe to healthy candidates looking for help in relieving dental anxiety. To determine your candidacy, a member of our team will review your medical history and check your blood pressure. If you are determined to be a good candidate, you will be given two doses of a benzodiazepine medication. Common benzodiazepines you may be familiar with are Xanax and Valium. These medications work by quieting the part of your brain that controls fear and anxiety. You may be instructed to take one the night before your procedure, to aid with sleep, as well as one about one hour before the procedure.
It’s important to note that while using oral sedation, you cannot operate a car or travel alone. You will need to have someone who can transport you safely to and from your appointment and who can collect any recovery instructions or materials that could be needed after certain procedures.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- reduces feelings of anxiety and encourages relaxation
- puts the mind at ease
- increases the numbing effect of anesthesia
- warps the sensation of passing time for patients undergoing long treatments
- reduces the gag reflex, which provides a more comfortable experience for the patient, and helps the dentist complete the procedure safely
- stills unnecessary patient movements in the dentist chair, allowing for less disruptions and quicker, more effective treatment