How Sedation Dentistry Can Help Nervous or Anxious Patients

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For patients with dental fear or dental anxiety, the experience of seeing a dentist can cause frightening symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, choking sensations and paralyzing fear. It’s understandable that patients with these fears may avoid undergoing necessary dental treatment for years.

Vacaville dentist Bruce Bosler of Bosler Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is very knowledgeable about putting patients at ease with sedation dentistry. These techniques are shown to help nervous or anxious patients enjoy a relaxed and pain-free visit and get the care they need.

Medication Puts Patients into a Relaxed, Dream-Like State

Sedation dentistry patients receive a prescription for an oral sedative to take the night before their dental appointment. This medication helps the patient get a good night’s rest and wake up in a relaxed state of mind.

This relaxed state continues as the patient is driven to our office by a companion and comfortably seated in the exam room. More medication may be administered before treatment starts.

During treatment, patients are awake but usually feel sleepy or drowsy. It is not unusual for patients to take short naps as Dr. Bosler is working. Patients can answer our team’s questions and respond to verbal instructions. They can also respond to a gentle tap or nudge from our team if needed.

After treatment, the effects of the medication can take up to 24 hours to wear off. For this reason, we require that patients have their companion drive them home after the appointment and help them into a comfortable resting position.

Patients Have Little (If Any) Memory of Treatment

Patients may continue to feel drowsy or “out of it” for the rest of the day. Most patients sleep it off and feel great when they wake up.

The sedation medications Dr. Bosler uses have an amnesiac quality to them. Most patients recall little (if anything) from the treatment experience. This can start to erase any negative associations a nervous or anxious patient has from previous dental experiences.

Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

In general, you may be a suitable candidate for sedation dentistry if you:

  • Feel nervous or anxious about dental treatment
  • Require extensive or lengthy dental work
  • Have extremely sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflux
  • Are in good general health
  • Do not take any medication that could counteract the sedative

The best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for sedation dentistry is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Bosler and our team. Contact us today to book an appointment.