Benefits of Oral Sedation
Oral sedation presents a solution for people with dental phobias and those with special needs who are unable to submit to regular dentistry. To explain it simply, the patient is given a sedative pill a few hours before the dental appointment. The patient is not unconscious, but will be in a very calm state and may not even remember the dental visit afterwards.
There are several advantages to oral sedation, and we’ll look through these to give you a better idea of how it solves a variety of issues.
People who would ordinarily not be able to submit to dentistry get the care they need
This is the primary advantage of oral sedation. Phobias are, by their very nature, illogical. Reasoning with a person who has a genuine phobia is impossible. Even when they can agree with you on an intellectual level, primal instincts kick in when confronted with the thing they fear. And people can have some pretty strange phobias. For example, some people have food phobias that range from fear of vegetables to fear of peanut butter!
In addition, some special needs people struggle to understand what dentistry is about and have difficulty remaining in the dentist’s chair for treatment. Again, oral sedation provides a gentle option that allows them to get dental treatment without unnecessary trauma.
Let’s be honest: nobody really likes getting an injection. Although our dentists administer painless injections, there’s always the sight of the needle to upset people. And most folks with dental phobias are terrified of injections. IV sedation is certainly a faster option than oral sedation, but for those who have a fear of injections, it just isn’t a viable option.
Not remembering what happened (if preferred)
While a patient under oral sedation is conscious, certain oral sedatives will block all memory of what took place during the period he or she was sedated. Once again, people with dental phobias benefit. There is no aftershock when the sedative wears off.
Like other medications, oral sedatives must undergo stringent testing and approval processes. By the time the medical profession is allowed to prescribe them, there will be adequate evidence to prove that they are safe to use. Contraindications are known, and the dentist will ask whether there is any medical history that would preclude using an oral sedative. Adverse reactions are therefore extremely rare.
The patient remains responsive, but incredibly calm and relaxed
As you will know, your dentist will require cooperation from patients at times. For example, they may need to bite down on request or else open up, turn their head, or rinse after a procedure. Oral sedation leaves the patient able to respond to requests while simultaneously being immune to stress, shock, or fear.
Oral sedation: because everyone needs dental care
We rarely resort to oral sedation dentistry, but there are times when it’s the only way to ensure that necessary procedures are carried out. Nobody should suffer the torments of toothache or suffer the systemic health consequences of poor oral health. If you, or someone dear to you, is literally unable to face going to the dentist, oral sedation offers a gentle solution that could save more than just their teeth. Talk to us about oral sedation today. Simple solutions can solve complex problems.