Sedation Dentistry: Being At Ease in the Dental Chair
Though the two terms (anxiety and phobia) are used interchangeably, Dr. William Pippin of Pippin Dental Care draws a distinction between the two. Dental phobia is an extreme case of dental anxiety.
The good news from our dental practice in Sevierville is that both conditions are easily managed.
Several pharmacological agents are available to facilitate a stress-free dental visit and a comfortable experience during dental treatment. This class of drugs is referred to as sedatives. Your dentist, guided by your general health history and unique circumstances, will advise you concerning your sedative treatment options.
During your sedation dentistry consultation Dr. Pippin will obtain a complete health history including: allergen report, degree of anxiety you experience, any present medications, then factor that into the treatment being sought before preparing your treatment plan and recommendations.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
If your condition has forced you to forego needed treatment, and consequently live with poor oral health, sedation dentistry may be for you. Other possible situations that may call for sedation dentistry include:
- Patients with low pain tolerance
- A large dental treatment procedure
- Highly sensitive teeth
- Heightened gag reflex
Dental sedation, when administered by a qualified dentist, is safe. During the period of sedation, patients can communicate freely and breathe unassisted. As a standard precaution, the dental team continually monitors the patient’s vital signs throughout the procedure.
The length of the sedation period depends upon the strength of the sedative used, and the dental procedure being delivered. Under normal circumstances, the period of effect is between two and six hours. If a designated driver is indicated, you will be advised of this in advance of your dental visit.