Your Fears Shouldn’t Hinder Your Oral Health:
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
But sometimes even a relaxing office isn’t enough to ease people’s anxiety. And that’s okay. Dr. Toorani is committed to helping those with extreme fear of the dentist. Take a look at just how common these fears are and how they can be resolved.
Why Are People Afraid of Dentists and Why Does It Matter?
Believe it or not, researchers believe that 9% to 15% of all Americans have some sort of dental phobia. Although that percentage range may seem small, that’s about 30 million-plus people! Some people are embarrassed
Whatever the reason, people who don’t visit the dentist regularly are going to have issues later on. Besides discolored teeth, people who don’t get their teeth cleaned can end up having severe decay, gum disease, tooth loss, pain, serious secondary conditions, and so on. Thankfully there are ways to combat this phobia.
While therapy can certainly help people develop confidence over time, sedation dentistry is a good route for those that need to get into the dentist ASAP.
What Are the Options?
There are many routes
While IV sedation can knock you out more quickly, there is a higher level of risk since your blood pressure and heart rate need monitoring equipment. And the after-effects can be more potent as well once you come out of it. With oral sedatives, however, you can avoid these risk factors and feelings of amnesia when you are done. And if you are also scared of needles, this is a great way to avoid that!
There are many oral sedatives that can be prescribed, but Huntington Beach dentists use Halcion and Xanax. You’ve probably heard of these medications before. They both fall under medications known as benzodiazepines, which are commonly used to help treat people with insomnia, depression, anxiety, and muscle spasms.
As long as you go over your concerns with your dentist and update your medical history, you aren’t likely to have any complications with these drugs.
How Do Oral Sedatives Work for Pain-Free Dentistry?
You will need to follow any specific instructions your dentist gives you before going in. Although not required, you may want to wear loose fitting and comfy clothes so you are more inclined to relax.
You can swallow the pills, but your dentist may have you take the sublingually (under the tongue
After you take one of these drugs, they can take a little while to kick in, and depending on your dosage, this could range from as little to fifteen minutes to an hour. But your dentist won’t begin until the medication has kicked in. These pills will make you drowsy, but they won’t completely knock you out. If you are overly anxious, your dentist may give you a higher dosage which could make you drowsy enough that you do sleep. But again, this method is very different from IV since you can easily be woken up should you fall asleep.
Once your dental procedure is over, you may still feel a bit woozy since each prescription has a different half-life (or how long the drug remains in your system afterward). It’s also very normal afterward to feel giddy or to even forget most of your time in the office!
You will need someone to drive you home after, and the best way to recover after the procedure is to try and sleep. If you are prone to nausea, you’ll want to drink plenty of liquids and eat soft foods, like pudding or jello. Again, you’ll need to follow any specific instructions that your dentist gives you.
Our Commitment to You
Dental Oasis is focused on raising the bar of excellence with patient experience. Essentially by providing great customer service and exceeding expectations. Ultimately, it’s all about our patients and it is what we love to do. My passion is dentistry. My love is for my patients. This is why I come to the office every day. Our modern, tranquil, peaceful, and spa-like environment will make you forget that you are at the dentist’s office. We utilize all the latest technology in dentistry and offer many amenities that will make your visit a unique and relaxing one. Whether you need a teeth cleaning, crown, or dental implants, we are here to serve you. At The Dental
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Lastly, because the ADA requires specific training for each state, you are in good hands to have Dr. Brian Toorani administer sedatives. And if you have any contraindications that would prevent you from undergoing sedation dentistry, Dr. Toorani would be happy to work with you so that you