Not everyone can manage their fears and insecurities in the same capacity when undergoing a procedure with their dentist. The procedure may not have to be a complicated and very painful oral surgery for the fear to be overwhelming. For some people, even a simple cleaning procedure can feel like a nightmare that they cannot simply brush aside.
In such a circumstance, the idea of sleep dentistry can be extremely appealing. Just to clarify, there are certain types of sleep dentistry that do not actually involve the patient going to sleep even though they are commonly referred to as being sleep sedation dentistry. In some of the types, after administrating the required drug, the patient will still remain conscious, allowing them to respond to the dentist’s commands.
The primary purpose behind using sedation dentistry is to help relax the patient during the entire process which is a strong contributor to how smooth the whole thing will go. In the more severe cases, a sudden panic attack in the middle of a procedure can be very dangerous physically for both patient and the dentist performing the procedure, which can result in undesirable consequences. So such kind of sedation is not only to benefit the patient and help make him or her feel comfortable but also to benefit those surrounding the patient during the process.
Let’s have a look at an example where providing something to relax the patient during a dental procedure can be beneficial. For an older person who is going to get denture implants perhaps would require this. As part of the procedure, putting in the implants involve drilling into the gum and reaching to the jaw bone. As you can see, there will be a certain level of pain associated. The mouth after all can be a sensitive area, so having something to take the edge off for the patient would help.