Sedation for Nervous Patients

Anxiety is the number one reason people avoid visits to the dentist. However, while some people just dislike the dentist, for others the fear is so severe that dental treatment is a near impossible task for them to undergo. The use of sedatives enables people with severe anxiety to be able to seek dental treatment more easily, easing their anxieties and relaxing them in general.

Dental treatment has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, with modern equipment and techniques allowing for a more pleasant, pain free experience. Even so, in some cases additional sedation may be appropriate to help make the experience easier for these patients. There are three general types of sedation; conscious sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation and inhaled sedation.

With conscious sedation, the aim is for you to remain awake but be able to relax more and relieve anxiety. Medication, talking therapies and music are commonly used to help in this kind of situation. Medication can be administered in different ways, by intravenous infusion, orally or via inhalation.

Commonly, more than one technique is used at a time for an increased level of relaxation. Anxiety is incredibly difficult for dentists to work around if not addressed, plus it may also put both the patient and dentist at risk if the anxiety causes panicked actions to occur. For this reason, it is absolutely vital that, if you feel these issues affect you, you inform the dental clinic straight away prior to your appointment so they can accommodate your needs.