Dental phobia is an extremely common condition. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 15% of American’s purposefully avoid going to the dentist because they have an irrational fear of being told that they will need work done. Levels of phobia vary from person to person, and while one patient may be happy to have a simple examination carried out, another will experience the symptoms associated with having a phobia, which include nausea, dizziness, sweating, shaking, vomiting and panic attacks.
Sedation is something that is used across many medical fields, but has only really become routinely requested in dentistry. However, it is an ideal way for patients with extreme anxiety, nervousness or full blown phobia of the dentist to get the dental examinations and treatment that they need in order to catch any potential problems early, and maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
While sedation dentistry is considered to be very low risk, it does not form a part of standard dentistry training. As such it should only be performed by a dental professional with specialist training and experience in the field. Therefore, it is important that any patient with an interest in having sedation dentistry undertakes plenty of research in order to find the right sedation dentist for them.
Am I a suitable candidate for sedation dentistry?
Although sedation dentistry is usually recommended for patients who have extreme anxiety or phobia of the dentist, there are other circumstances in which it might be a viable solution. These include instances where a patient:
Has chronic jaw pain
Has physical limitation preventing them from holding their jaw at a certain angle, such as neck and back problems
Has a strong gag reflex
Needs to have dental work completed in a very short time frame
Is unable to sit still
Is not as affected by numbness as they should be
Has a desire to have their dental work completed when they are in a heightened state of relaxation
Unfortunately, although sedation is suitable for a large percentage of the population, not everyone is a suitable candidate. Your medical history, current medications and the extent of the treatment that you require will have an impact on whether sedation is an option for you. It will also depend on the depth of sedation that you require. Dr. Ajmo will carry out a complete and comprehensive consultation with you to make a decision as to whether you are a viable candidate for sedation dentistry.
If you have any further questions or concerns, we highly recommend that you speak to Dr. Ajmo who will be happy to advise you further.