Are you worried about your upcoming dental appointment? Do you find yourself getting nervous with the idea of going to your dentist? The anxiety may stem from a variety of reasons, such as fear of needles, fear of pain, fear of the dental drills, or a general discomfort about dental treatments and dentists as a whole. Fortunately, there are now nervous patient care options that can make the trip to the dentist a more pleasant experience.
Conscious sedation is used to help nervous patients deal with anxiety in a positive manner, to avoid a traumatic experience while undergoing the necessary dental treatment. The sedative is administered through an IV line, and will give a completely relaxed, comfortable feeling to the patient – who will stay fully conscious throughout the procedure. This allows clear communication between the dentist and the patient, who in turn will not feel any anxiety as the treatment proceeds.
Afterwards, the patient will not remember any unpleasant (if any) parts of the treatment. The administration of the sedative will be closely monitored by a licensed anaesthetist for safety. Conscious sedation makes it possible for dental phobic patients to have the dental treatment they need while having a completely positive time – without having to succumb to the discomfort of thinking about their biggest fears as they have the procedure done.