While few people enjoy going to the dentist, a small percentage of adults, about 5 to 10 percent, have a fear of dentists so strong that it’s considered a phobia. Dental phobia can cause fear so intense that sufferers refuse to see a dentist, which is bad for their teeth. However, by using sedation dentistry, dentists can sometimes conquer that fear.
General dentists use sedatives to relax and calm fearful patients so that they can treat them. The sedatives they use may be:
When you visit one of our dentists at Dental Partners of Brookline, talk to them about your fear, and they will use the best sedative for your needs. However, fear isn’t the only reason they may use sedatives. If a dental procedure is necessary, like filling a cavity or deep cleaning teeth, patients in Brookline, MA are usually given sedatives to keep from feeling pain during injections of mouth-numbing drugs.
Every dentist receives training in sedation dentistry during dental school, and in the hands of one of our experienced dentists at Dental Partners of Brookline, it is safe.
People who are obese or that have obstructive sleep apnea need to consult their physicians before undergoing dental procedures that will involve sedation.
Since the sedation our dentists in Brookline, MA use vary due to the severity of the dental procedure and your preference, here are the side effects of the various sedation techniques.
Getting a complete medical history can prevent many side effects, so you must be honest with your dentist and their staff when providing information.