I have dental anxiety. I’ve asked my dentist to allow me to use dental sedation but he said he doesn’t offer sedation and doesn’t plan to. I realize it’s his practice and he has the right to decide what he wants to focus on his practice. I don’t know if it’s necessary for me to switch dentists if I just take a sleeping pill going to my dentist. This way I could sleep through the procedure. Do you think a dentist would nix this idea? If so, is it safe for me to just take it without telling them?
You should know you are not alone in the fear of the dentist. However, a sleeping pill isn’t a good solution for you. There are a few questions to ask yourself about this.
First, how will you time the pill to work when the procedure should begin but not when you’re driving there?
Second, are you going to be able to wake up when the procedure is over?
Third, what if your dentist has to give you a medication and it interacts with your sleeping pill because he doesn’t know what you’ve taken.
It’s never a good idea to take medicine without letting your medical practitioners know ahead of time. It’s for your own protection.
Why a Sedation Dentist?
Going to a sedation dentist is safer for you. They have specialized training, which means if anything unusual happens they know the right procedures and have emergency protocol training. Your dentist will not have that.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
With dental sedation, you’re not forced to sleep. Instead you are completely relaxed and anxiety free. You can still sleep through the procedure if you desire, but you will be able to respond if anything happens. That’s not the case if you take a sleeping pill.
Often people with dental fear avoid going in regularly. Sometimes they even avoid going in even when they know trouble is brewing. Before they know it they have a dental emergency. With sedation these patterns of dental care on an emergency basis can be avoided, saving you tons of money.
It also allows you to get more work done in one appointment. Because anxious patients tend to stay away, they often need more work than the average patient. That becomes another deterrent. With sedation, you can catch up quicker.
Appointments will no longer be frightening. Once you’re caught up, simply keeping up with regular cleaning should prevent further unexpected, pricey appointments. Even if you do develop some decay, it’s much cheaper to fill a cavity when it is caught early than to not know about it until it brews into a full-blown infection costing you a root canal treatment and dental crown.
Bottom line, the sleeping pill could put you in a dangerous situation. Seeing a sedation dentist will accomplish your goal while keeping you safe.
This blog is brought to you by Lafayette Dentist Dr. Ashley Price.