Did you know that up to 15 percent of Americans avoid seeing the dentist due to anxiety or fear? According to a 2015 study, 80 percent of people suffer from some degree of dental phobia. That’s over half-a-million people in Jupiter, FL alone. Clammy palms, palpitations, dizziness, and nausea are just some of the symptoms commonly experienced by patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Unfortunately, this means that many people with dental phobia put off visiting their dentist, even when they are experiencing pain or other problems with their teeth.
Common phobias include a fear of needles, or the discomfort of having to lie down and feel out of control, or even the dislike of the smell. Unsurprisingly, dental problems are much more common in patients who do not visit their dentist regularly, and these can eventually have an impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Poor oral hygiene and bad teeth have been linked to many different diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Regular visits to a qualified and experienced dentist can ensure that any potential problems are identified and treated early before the symptoms have a major impact on your life and your dental bills have a big impact on your bank balance.
Dental anxiety is common for patients to share these phobias, and at Jupiter Dentistry we’ve made sure to certify ourselves in the solution. The doctors at Jupiter Dentistry are certified in IV Sedation Oral Sedation therapy and are members of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology. Sedation dentistry is the perfect solution if you’re not fond of the dentist but you don’t want to sacrifice your oral health and overall wellbeing. Because by avoiding your dentist you are putting yourself in harm’s way.
Sedation is also extremely beneficial for patients who may suffer from physical or cognitive disabilities that affect their ability to tolerate dental check-ups and treatments. With sedation dentistry you don’t have to worry, you will be awake and conscious, but whatever fears you may have once had, whatever worries make it difficult to visit the dentist, we can help make sure none of those stop you from a beautiful, health, and new smile.
Call us today to schedule your consultation. You won’t find another dental office as modern, clean, and phobia-free as ours: 561-529-9438.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedative medications in order to safely and successfully perform routine dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is not the same as general anesthetic as the patient will have some degree of consciousness, the level of which may vary depending on the type of sedation used.
Where necessary, a local anesthetic will be used in conjunction with the sedative medication, to ensure that the patient remains calm and pain-free throughout their dental appointment.
Levels of Sedation
There are multiple types of sedation available, each providing a slightly different depth of consciousness. The sedation that is recommended for you will depend on the extent of your fear and the type of dental procedure you are receiving. Generally, the more invasive the treatment, the greater the depth of sedation that is required to make the procedure tolerable for the patient.
- Minimal sedation – minimal or light sedation is administered in the form of Nitrous Oxide, or Laughing Gas. A mask will be placed over your nose, which will deliver the gas and help you to feel relaxed and calm throughout the appointment.
- Moderate sedation – moderate sedation normally requires the patient to swallow a capsule containing sedative drugs, and this should be taken around an hour before your scheduled procedure. Most patients who are moderately sedated find that while they have some awareness during their dental procedure, they will have little to no memory of it afterward.
- Maximum sedation – if you are having extensive dental work, you will likely be recommended to have sedative medication delivered intravenously. The heaviest level of sedation before a general anesthetic, this will put you on the very edge of consciousness, and you will have no memory of the procedure once the medication has worn off.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental anxiety is common, but that doesn’t mean that you’re forced to sacrifice your dental health. If you avoid the dentist, you’re risking infections, bone loss, and other problems that can only make the situation worse and the need for dental work direr. Not seeking a dentist can also put your general health at risk, as conditions like gum disease are correlated with cardiovascular and heart problems. Extensive dental health issues are also associated with depression and anxiety, creating a vicious circle that can only be broken by you and a decision to take a step forward to drive change in your life.
Sedation dentistry is your solution. It is your path forward to a new, stunning smile and a life free of the worries that come from putting off the dentist.
Candidacy for Sedation Dentistry
If you are uncomfortable at the dentist’s office, or you suffer from anxiety or fear, we recommend that you explore sedation dentistry. Other candidates include people with a severe gag reflex, patients with acute jaw soreness, or anybody with back and neck problems who find it uncomfortable to sit in a dental chair.
Cost of Sedation Dentistry
The feeling of not having to be anxious when you’re at the dentist is priceless. Imagine your smile once your treatment is finalized, imagine the emotion of bliss that you will feel. This is what sedation dentistry makes possible.
Choosing the Right Sedation Dentist
Dr. Ajmo is not only a member of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology, he is also board certified in IV sedation. Choose a dentist with the right credentials and with the knowledge that comes through years of experience. These are the reasons why Jupiter patients choose Jupiter Dentistry.
Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry
Like all medical treatments, sedation comes with a number of different side effects. The more heavily you are sedated, the more likely you are to experience after-effects that could include:
If you have had moderate or heavy sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure and stay with you until you feel that the effects of the sedatives have completely worn off.
Commonly Combined Treatments of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is great for patients who want to knock out more than one treatment at a time, helping you get through your procedure faster and minimizing the number of visits you need to make. As such, sedation dentistry is great to combine with restorative treatments like laser therapy and dental implants, and even cosmetic procedures such as with the application of veneers or dental bonding.