Anyone who is anxious – or even scared silly – about going to the dentist has lots of company. Millions of people share that fear and anxiety, often preferring to deal with tooth pain rather than go to the dentist. Necessary treatment is indefinitely postponed.
Many people who don’t receive preventative dental care suffer from gum disease. This is not an insignificant problem, but a serious infection. Studies have shown a link between infected gums and other illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Serious dental problems are not likely to cure themselves.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry has proven to be the solution for many people who needed dental treatment but could not bring themselves to go to the dentist. The level of sedation is adjusted to the level needed by the patient, ranging from minimal to deep sedation. The sedation is administered and monitored by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), specialists in providing sedation to dental patients. The patient will be relaxed and calm while receiving the necessary treatment.
Who Could Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
- Anyone who is fearful of going to the dentist, hates needles or had a traumatic dental experience in the past;
- Anyone with physical problems making dental work difficult, such as an inability to get numb, very sensitive teeth or a bad gag reflex;
- Anyone with a very tight schedule or who needs lengthy treatment for a complex problem.
Evaluation Prior to Treatment
The medical history and health status of the patient must be evaluated prior to sedation. Medications taken must also be reviewed. If a patient has significant health problems, this may require a consultation with their doctor prior to Charleston, SC Sedation Dentistry.
Preparing for Sedation Dentistry
The patient, parent or other care giver will receive pre-operative instructions that may include dietary restrictions. The patient’s physical condition must be evaluated and baseline vital signs obtained. The procedure will be fully discussed with the patient and/or caregiver and an informed consent must be given.
Tatum Dentistry offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services to families in Charleston SC and the surrounding area. For more information on Sedation Dentistry and other services, visit drtatumsmiles.com.