I Have a Bad Gag Reflex, Can Sedation Dentistry Help?
Sedation dentistry is available in many dental offices; from nitrous oxide that puts the patient in a mild state of euphoria to oral sedation where the patient is totally relaxed to sleep sedation; there are options available for patients suffering from severe anxiety or a troubling gag reflex.
Nitrous Oxide – This mix of gas and oxygen is relaxing and safe. The patient is totally aware of their surroundings; the effects of nitrous oxide dissipate right away making it safe for the patient to drive with the ability to return to work or school.
IV Sedation – Also referred to as sleep sedation, this is generally reserved for surgical procedures such as teeth extractions.
Oral Sedation – Your dentist is required to be trained in the use of oral sedatives, and your dental office must be equipped with the monitoring equipment required. Staff must be trained to guarantee the comfort and safety of their patients.
Anxiety at the thought of visiting the dentist is not that uncommon. However, there are many people that are so anxious that they have not seen the dentist for many years … even having their teeth cleaned is so alarming, they will risk their dental health to avoid the dentist.
Patients suffering from a gag reflex may also share trepidations about visiting the dentist. Dental x-rays and the tools used for suction, plaque removal, and dental explorers can create a response that can make this appointment difficult.
Oral sedation works by using mild sedatives that relax the patient. Many patients feel like they did sleep during their appointment, but the patient remains conscious throughout treatment.
Office staff will monitor the patient from their arrival until it has been determined they are to be released. Patients require transportation both to and from a dental appointment where oral sedation and IV sedation are implemented. The patient will be advised to go home as there will be some residual grogginess with oral and IV sedation.
Other patients that can benefit from oral sedation are those that are unable to sit or recline for extended periods; or patients that may be either physically or mentally challenged may benefit from oral sedation.
Oral health can impact overall health so patients need to utilize whatever tools are available to help them overcome conditions that prevent them from receiving regular dental care. Call our office for more tips!