Residents in Mesa wants to know the risks of Sedation Dentistry
Advances in dentistry have virtually eliminated discomfort to patients; however, going to the dentist is grounds for a panic attack for some people. The fear can come from anywhere, from a bad childhood experience in the dental chair to a relative’s horror story about their dental visit. Regardless of the cause, that anxiety can keep a patient with a potentially serious dental problem from seeking help.
Sedation dentistry is a method more dentists are turning to for the ability to turn any dental procedure into a “non-issue” for even the most dental-phobic patients. Sedation is not just appropriate for those who are fearful and anxious. It can be recommended for those patients who have a hard time staying still for long periods, have a bad gag reflex, a low pain threshold, sensitive teeth, or have a lot of dental work to be done.
At New Health Dental in Mesa, we use oral sedation. The patient takes a pill one hour before the appointment, which will cause some drowsiness, but leave the patient calm, relaxed, and able to answer questions or follow instructions. Some patients may even fall asleep during the procedure, but they are easily roused. As a safety measure, the dentist will monitor their vitals during the time in the office.
While there are always some risks with any type of sedative, sedation dentistry is generally considered safe. Dr. Fritz is experienced with sedation dentistry. He is very careful with his patients and he will review each patient’s medical history to ensure he or she is a good candidate for sedation. We advise the patient to arrange transportation to and from the appointment, as it is not safe to drive. The rest of the day may also be needed to come out from under the effects. The patient may not remember the procedure, and in some cases, may not remember other parts of the day.
If visiting the dentist makes you anxious enough to forgo dental treatment, contact us for information on the best options for you.