If you dread going to the dentist for surgery or even routine dental work, you're not alone. Many people say that the number one reason they don't have necessary dental work done is because they're worried about the pain. Fortunately, the dental field has now advanced to the point that pain free dentistry is truly possible. In fact, there are several different types of sedation that your dentist might use to help you get through your procedure without pain. Here are the most common options.
Nitrous oxide is the most common kind of dental sedation used today. This colourless gas is delivered through a mask. You'll simply take deep breaths for a couple of minutes to get the effect of the nitrous oxide. It's quite effective in helping you relax and in preventing pain during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is widely considered a safe and effective way to prevent pain in dental patients of all ages.
Another reason that nitrous oxide is such a popular choice for dentistry procedures is that it's powerful enough to help you completely relax -- or even drowse off -- during the procedure. However, it's easy to recover from the nitrous oxide. Within a few hours, you'll feel fully recovered from the nitrous oxide, and you may even have no memories of the procedure.
An injected anaesthetic is an excellent way to completely numb the area where the dental procedure will be performed. An anaesthetic injection will cause a very brief moment of discomfort, but as soon as the injections are placed in the procedure area you'll start to feel numb.
Injectable anaesthetics allow you to feel nothing at all during the procedure -- truly pain-free dentistry. However, injected anaesthetics don't deliver relaxation. If you have dental anxiety, your dentist may give you an anti-anxiety medication either in tablet form or via injection to help you stay calm.
For the more serious dental procedures and surgeries, intravenous medication may be combined with anaesthetic injections for maximum pain relief. The intravenous medication may actually include not only a pain killing drug but also an anti-anxiety drug. This type of pain relief is usually only needed for situations such as very complex wisdom tooth extractions or other difficult cases of oral surgery.
If you need to have a dental procedure but you've been too scared of the pain to go ahead with it, you can finally relax. With the help of your dentist and the pain-free dentistry options discussed above, you don't have to suffer to get the care you need!Share