It’s fair to say that no one enjoys attending dental appointments, even less so when we know we face treatment. Up to 1 in 3 people have a fear of dental work, and the anxiety is understandable. Dental sedation helps people with a true dental phobia receive the treatment they need easily and stress-free.
How Does Dental Sedation Work?
Dental sedation can mean both conscious sedation and general anaesthesia. Conscious sedation works by relaxing the patient and numbing the area in question. They will remain awake, and depending on the type of sedation, you may be a little drowsy. If the conscious dental sedation is minimal, it will purely numb the treatment area but not have much relaxing effect on the patient. If the conscious dental sedation is moderate, it may make the patient drowsy but relaxed. They may not remember much of the process. Deep conscious sedation will mean the patient is on the cusp of consciousness.
Then you have general anaesthesia, which means the patient is entirely unconscious throughout the dental treatment and will not feel or remember a thing.
What is Dental Sedation Used For?
Dental sedation is used to numb the pain of the treatment and calm the patient. If the procedure is complex or lengthy or may cause trauma, the patient is likely to undergo general anaesthesia.
Sedation dentistry is suited to people with dental phobias and extreme dental-related anxiety. It may also suit people who:
• Require extensive dental treatment
• Struggle with their gag reflex
• Have extremely sensitive teeth
• Are unable to sit still in the dentist chair for long periods
• People that may have involuntary tics and movements
• Have gum sensitivity issues
Is Dental Sedation Safe?
Dental sedation is considered safe, even for children. If you have an underlying health condition or are pregnant and require dental work, speak with your dental specialist to discuss a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
If you suffer from a heart condition, sleep apnoea, or are obese, you will need to consult your GP to establish if dental sedation is a safe option for you.
For information on the services we offer at Welling Corner, contact our friendly team on 0208 3037445.