Dental fear is one of the most common fears for people. That number is as much as 75% according to the Dental Organization For Conscious Sedation. Many of these people avoid going to the dentist because of their fear.
Avoiding the dentist most often leads to more dental problems and increases the anxiety due to the embarrassment of not dealing with dental issues sooner. This cycle can end up being costly both emotionally and financially.
At Princess Dental Centre we have chosen IV sedation as our preferred form of helping people deal with fears. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation that has a more immediate effect and a quicker recovery than oral sedation.
An IV sedation patient is monitored continuously for blood pressure, pulse and blood oxygen levels. The patient will be in a sleep-like state but still be able to communicate with the dentist and respond to instructions. However, most patients don’t remember anything after their visit.
If You Answer B or C To One Or More Of These You Should Definitely Look Into Sedation Dentistry.
If you received a call saying you had a dentist appointment tomorrow, would you:
a. Have no problem, look forward to the appointment.
b. Start thinking of ways to cancel or not show up.
c. Feel physically sick, break out in a light sweat.
When in a Dentist waiting room, are you:
a. Anxious about the appointment.
b. Feel nervous and jumpy.
c. Thinking of reasons to leave, or reasons not to do the work they might suggest.
When you are in the Dentist chair waiting for the anesthetic injection, are you:
a. Not worried about the needle.
b. Nervous and not looking forward to the procedure.
c. Worried that the needle will hurt, that anesthetic will last for hours and then you may have pain.
When you are in the chair waiting for treatment, are you:
a. Unconcerned because the anesthetic will stop the pain.
b. Worried the anesthetic is not going to work, you will still feel pain.
c. Despising the sound of the drill thinking there will soon be pain.
When the hygienist is getting out the instruments to clean your teeth, are you:
a. Looking forward to clean teeth.
b. Concerned it will hurt.
c. Afraid the metal tools will hurt my gums and root surface.
How many negative dental experiences have you had?
c. Too many to count.
If you or someone you know has been putting off dental care because of fear or anxiety, or if you want to get a large amount of dental work done in one visit, give us a call to schedule your sedation consultation today (204) 717‑0249