Understanding Sedation Dentistry

Access to dental care is a big issue, and groups like the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have implemented a number of initiatives to help educate the underserved on the importance of preventative dentistry and general oral health literacy.

But what about the people who know that maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is important, but can’t overcome their fears and anxiety to do so? Millions of people around the globe suffer from dental phobia, and for them, visiting the dentist once a year, let alone twice, is enough to induce a panic attack. 

How Sedation Dentistry Helps Patients

Many patients experience fear and anxiety when they have dental work completed. This often keeps them away from the dentist office, especially when it’s for an elective procedure.

Luckily, sedation dentistry has been developed over the years to help those who have trouble getting numb, have had a previous traumatic dental experience, or simply cannot handle the anxiety often caused by dental discomforts.

Patients can experience a relaxing dental experience through sedation dentistry. Miami Dental Sedation Spa does just that with a personal touch. They offer a wide variety of treatment choices, including emergency dental services, and prioritize finding the right treatment for each individual patient.

Sedation dentistry was designed with the patient in mind. Receiving dental work in a relaxed and serene environment where the doctor truly cares about what’s best for you is really the best way to get treatment.

Studies on Sedation During Dental Procedures

Millions of people around the globe suffer from dental phobia, and for them, visiting the dentist once a year, let alone twice, is enough to induce a panic attack. However, moderate sedatives will allow the patient to remain conscious and suppress the brain’s response to pain and stress, while giving the patient the ability to communicate with the dentist.  

According to an article from Science Daily, the study looked at 84 patients who received care and moderate sedation while undergoing procedures at the University’s dental clinics in endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery graduate programs between 2010 and 2012. 

Researchers determined that moderate sedation was primarily used in over half of the patients (54%) to calm anxiety and cope with a fear of needles (15%). Sedation was also used with patients who experienced local anesthesia failure (15%), had a severe gag reflex and claustrophobia from the rubber dam (both 8%). 

Obviously there are many scenarios that call for the use of dental sedation, and thankfully, the practice is becoming more readily available.

While the use of sedation during dental procedures is clearly necessary, the problem that arises most in the field is that not all dentists are qualified to administer it. While the practice is not typically taught in most graduate programs, schools like Case Western Reserve are beginning to introduce training for moderate sedation into its curriculum. Before visiting a dentist with the intention of receiving sedatives, be sure to learn of their educational background and qualifications. 

Call Us Today To Schedule An Appointment

At Miami Dental Sedation Spa, our professionals are well trained and highly qualified to meet any and all of your sedation needs. We welcome you to explore the many ways in which we can help you overcome your dental phobia and receive the dental care that you deserve. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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