When it comes to dental work, some people can recline in the seat placidly and listen to music or watch a ceiling-mounted TV; some may even fall asleep. For others, dental work is a nightmare-inducing experience that leaves them shaky and upset, even if the dentist is gentle and there isn’t any pain. If you have dental phobia, IV sedation for dentistry can help you.
For some patients, just the smell of a dentist’s office can cause a creeping anxiety that escalates to a full-blown panic by the time they take their turn in the chair. While some people can relax a bit as the work is started, others just get increasingly fearful the longer it goes on. With IV sedation, you only need to pluck up the courage to sit down in the chair and present your arm. Within minutes, you will be peacefully resting and your dental work can proceed free of anxiety.
No Creation of Bad Memories
Some people didn’t have a fear of the dentist until something bad happened. Perhaps a tooth broke during a routine restoration, or the local anesthetic didn’t work very well and a simple filling became agonizing without warning. Once a person has had a bad, frightening experience, they may fear another occurrence. The fear of having another bad episode in the dentist’s chair is what keeps some people from receiving care for years. With IV sedation, you will be blissfully unaware of anything that happens during your treatment and will have no recollection after as well.
More Reliable Pain Mitigation
With IV sedation, not only are you given an anesthetic to prevent pain, you are also not conscious. Meaning, if there is any pain, you won’t remember it. It is for this reason alone that IV sedation is a great tool. If you want your dental work to be done with no chance of pain at all, IV sedation is the best option.
Works for ‘Imagined’ Pain
Our brains are usually very good at reporting the truth to us, but sometimes our brains lie to us when it comes to medical procedures and pain. For example, some people insist that they are feeling pain whenever a drill runs near them, even if the drill isn’t touching the tooth. This happens because their brain has felt pain before when the vibration or sound of the drill is present. Therefore, the person’s brain insists, the presence of this vibration or sound is painful. This is not a mental illness or anything to be ashamed of; your brain is simply confused and reporting pain that isn’t being inflicted. By having IV sedation, this whole mental process is shut off and you will rest comfortably throughout the procedure.
Being afraid of the dentist shouldn’t stop you from having good dental care and the smile you want. If you or a loved one is fearful, call the office of Dr. Michael Sohl in Stuart today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to explain your options and make anxiety-free dentistry possible for you.