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Relieve Dental Anxiety Through Sedation Dentistry


Relieve Dental Anxiety Through Sedation Dentistry

Have you noticed whenever you are in a stressful situation that time seems to slow down, giving you a feeling that you can hear and see everything? That is because of how our bodies are designed.  We have an inherent physiologic characteristic that was put in place to help us.  Anciently when  humans lived in caves and wildlife threatened their lives, this mechanism, also known as “Fight or Flight”,  helped us when a danger, such as a bear, was present.  Chemicals produced within our bodies are released that allow us to take in more information about our surroundings.  In fact, our pupils literally dilate to allow more light to enter our eyes and consequently increase our field of vision.

This “Fight or Flight” mechanism is a great thing to keep us safe, but unfortunately even in stressful procedures that are good for us, such as receiving dental treatment for a dental crown, our body will still enter this hypersensitive mode.  If you have high dental anxiety and are putting off dental procedures that need to be done, sedation dentistry may be right for you. The anxiety that you’ve experienced in the past will simply fade away as you visit your doctor and walk away with calm and good experiences. There are even sedation medications that will cause you to completely forget any treatment you receive and you’ll just wake up with those porcelain veneers you always wanted! Choosing a dentist for this kind of procedure is important, so be sure that the doctor you choose is qualified to provide this service.  Here is a list of things to share with your doctor to ensure safety during your sedation dental treatment:

  • Medical Conditions of any type. The more your doctor knows about your medical history, the better he can avoid problems.
  • Any prescribed or over the counter medications you may be taking. There are chemicals in medicines as simple as OTC heartburn medicines that can interact with the sedation drugs and cause problems
  • Any other herbal supplements or vitamins you may take. Even though something is listed as completely natural or organic, the chemicals from even natural sources can also interact with your body in ways that could potentially be lethal in combination with the sedation drugs.  St. John’s Wort is an example of this.
  • Foods. Even foods can interact badly with the sedation drugs.  Be sure to review what you eat with your doctor to ensure there will not be any problems.  An example of how common the foods are that can cause problems is as simple as a grapefruit.