When a dentist uses general anesthesia, it is also known as dental anesthesia. Some patients are so afraid of visiting the dentist that they need general anesthesia to visit the dentist without freaking out. In order to treat dental patients who are afraid to go to the dentist and express a lot of fear when it comes to any dental procedures, general anesthesia offers an effective solution.
While it is completely normal for dental patients to feel a little bit of fear and/or anxiety when it comes to visiting the dental office, some patients experience so much fear that it overwhelms them. This overwhelming fear makes it so that they are not able to go to the dentist unless they get some additional help. Since there are many forms of dental anxiety, there are many forms of treating those who are experiencing dental anxiety. For people who are experiencing extreme dental anxiety, we can provide the general anesthesia treatment you may need.
According to the American Psychological Association, the consequences of dental fear do not just include bad breath, cavities and periodontal disease. Since periodontal disease is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and premature birth, the fear of going to the dentist can ultimately be life-threatening.
When general anesthesia is used at a dental office the patient is put to sleep for the entire time the dental procedure is being performed, which means that they feel absolutely nothing during the procedure. General anesthesia can be administered by inhaling gases or can be given intravenously, of which an experienced dentist will make a decision on which option is best to use during any particular dental procedure.
Before we can decide whether or not general anesthesia is going to be an option, we will need to get a detailed health evaluation in order to make sure that the patient is in good health. If that is the case, then the patient will be a candidate for general anesthesia. Anytime a dental patient is put under general anesthesia, we will closely monitor them to make sure that everything is working properly.
Sleep dentistry is when a dentist administers medication to a patient in order to help keep the patient calm and relaxed during a dental procedure. While the patient will be awake during the procedure they will be in such a deep relaxation mode from the medication that they tend to not mind that a dentist is performing any necessary procedures.
Sleep dentistry is also known as sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, anxiety-free dentistry and painless dentistry and does not put the patient completely to sleep like general anesthesia.
The following is a list of common dental procedures that often require patients who fear to visit the dentist to either be under sedation so they can relax or be under general anesthesia so that they will be completely asleep during the procedure.
- Removing wisdom teeth
- Repairing cleft problems
- Anytime oral surgery is necessary
Sedation and relaxed:
- Getting fillings
- Bonding damaged teeth
- Getting dental crowns or dental bridges
- Gum cleaning, periodontal treatments
- Teeth whitening procedures
A family dentist is a dentist who is specifically trained to provide any and all necessary dental procedures for all ages. This can make it very beneficial for families to see a family dentist when there are one or more children in the family (or adults) who are afraid to go to the dentist.
Since a family dentist understands the best ways to approach those who have dental fears, they can make the best recommendations when it comes to knowing when someone is going to need to be either sedated or be put under general anesthesia.
Preventive dental care is extremely important to every dental patient’s good oral health. When someone is so afraid to go to the dentist that they simply choose not to go they are putting their dental health in jeopardy. When someone’s dental health is in jeopardy it can easily lead to their experiencing other health problems making it necessary for them to see a dentist for preventive care that can keep them in good overall health.
If someone is too afraid to come in for a preventive dental care appointment, then they need to find a dentist who offers general anesthesia options. We offer this solution and are happy to explain our services in greater detail over the phone.
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