Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
For many patients, the fear of going to the dentist’s office holds them back from maintaining their oral health. If they have any conditions that require dental care, they can hold off until the pain or condition becomes so bad that they have no other options. However, sedation dentistry is now helping many patients overcome their fears of the dental chair and get into the office for routine checkups and any of their dental work. When they wake up, they don’t remember the procedure, but their problems are corrected, and their oral health is restored.
Fortunately, almost everybody can receive sedation dentistry, but there are a few things that you should consider before talking to your dentist.
Fear of the Dentist
If your heart doesn’t race and your palms don’t get sweaty just thinking about the dentist, then you should really consider if you need sedation dentistry. The use of any of the techniques for sedation dentistry might not be of a real benefit to you if you aren’t anxious about going in the first place. Before you consider sedation dentistry, you should really ask yourself if your fears justify the additional work to make sure that you get proper dental care. If you feel that you might cancel your appointment or just never show up without sedation though, then you should discuss your options further with your dentist.
Typically, your age won’t disqualify you from sedation dentistry. There may be some underlying health conditions that are associated with age that would raise concern, but the elderly can still receive the benefits of sedation dentistry.
Children can also be sedation dentistry patients, but additional precautions must be taken. Dentists will typically only use sedation dentistry on patients when there is a clear need for its use.
Sedation dentistry simply is not recommended for women who are pregnant. However, laughing gas or nitrous oxide is not used during the first trimester but can be used in the second and third. Oral and IV sedation techniques are not recommended at any point in the pregnancy. If you think or there is a chance that you are pregnant, you should discuss this with your dentist before beginning any procedure.
Some patients are allergic to certain types of sedation medications that dentists use. However, dentists now have a variety of options, so if you are allergic to one form of sedation, it doesn’t mean that you can’t reap the benefits of this approach. Make sure that you discuss any of your allergies with your dentist before receiving sedation.
There are certain types of illnesses that don’t lend themselves well to sedation dentistry. Patients with chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, or other types of respiratory illness should not receive sedation while sick. The process of sedation will slow your respirations. This is completely fine when the lungs are healthy and fully functioning, but may cause additional concerns in the lungs that are compromised.
There are certain types of medications that can negatively react with sedation techniques. This includes prescription, over the counter, and even some herbal remedies. If you are on any type of a medication regimen, it is essential to bring a list of prescriptions and the dosage levels to your dentist.
The consumption of alcohol and sedation don’t mix. Many patients that are nervous about a procedure feel like a glass of wine in advance will help to take the edge off of their anxiety. Unfortunately, alcohol and sedation can have complex reactions, and there can be issues with blood pressure or difficulty breathing. Talk to your dentist about other options that may be available to ease your concerns in advance.
Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for many patients to get into the dentist’s office regularly. If you have concerns about visiting your dentist, schedule an appointment at McPherson Dental Care today. Our dental staff is very familiar with anxieties about the dentist, and you may be able to discuss your fears over the phone by calling 620-306-4800 in the comfort of your own home.