If a dental issue is recognized in advanced and treated with sedation there typically is little to no pain. The pain that's associated with many dental procedures is typically a result of someone waits too long to have a dental issue fixed and the problem becomes worse and infected. Infected areas can cause pain, however, they still need to be addressed before they become worse. Good dentists who have certifications or advanced training in sedation dentistry know exactly how to take away the pain in certain areas during procedures.
Sedation dentistry has a variety of benefits and offers an alternative solution to your fears of the dentist. It pretty much sounds like what it is: a highly qualified dentist uses sedatives to relax the patient so they can do their work. The dosages range from mild, where the patient can still respond to the dentist, to larger doses, where the patient may be put to sleep.
Only highly skilled, highly qualified dentists are given the ability to practice sedation dentistry and there are a series of certifications to qualify. If you live in the Milwaukee area you're in luck, Dr. John of Frankin Dental holds DOCS certification in sedation dentistry. DOCS education gives advanced training in dental oral conscious sedation.
It Relaxes You: Sedation dentistry, as noted above, can relax a patient to the point where they can feel comfortable with the dentist and the procedures they perform. This makes it easier for you, and the dentist, to do what is necessary so you're in and out in a short amount of time.
It Can Help Control Your Gag Reflex: It's not uncommon for someone to gag when there are foreign objects in their mouth. Sedation dentistry relaxes you enough to put that issue aside.
Forget About It: The sedation process is very powerful, leaving with you with little recollection, if any, of the procedures. This can be a wonderful way to put a patients mind at ease, as the thought of dentistry work done in the past may be the reason they refuse to see the dentist. Sedation dentistry can allow for the patient to bypass this issue.
Clearly, sedation dentistry is a powerful tool for oral health, especially to those with fears of the dentist. If you'd like to learn more about sedation dentistry and if it would be possible to use for your next procedure, please contact the experts at Franklin Dental to answer any of your questions.