Sedation care is a widely used and
popular way for millions of people who have a fear of the dentist to receive the
care that they need. It can be a viable and easy option for those who may have a
fear of the dentist, perhaps from a traumatic event they experienced as a child
or adult, or for those who have a special need, or simply for those who need to save
time. No matter the reason, skipping regular checkups, cleanings and, for some,
forgoing important restorative procedures that can jeopardize health and is
no reason to avoid the dentist. Especially when there is an option.
Modern dentistry offers a variety of new tools that can make your trip to the
dentist tolerable and comfortable when using sedation dentistry.
What are the special benefits?
- Increased comfort
- Control of movement
- Patient/dentist co-operation
- Controlling gag reflex
- Less memory of treatment
- Fewer appointments needed (time saving)
Who can benefit?
- Patients with a physical or mental challenge like autism or other special
needs (Aspberger's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Alzheimer's, etc.)
- Patients with cardiac or diabetic needs. While sedated, we monitor heart
rate and EKG, to help ensure our patients safety.
- Patients who experience seizures, epilepsy, and Parkinson's can benefit from
a more relaxed and pleasant experience as well.
- People with fear, anxieties and phobias related to trauma, stress or dental procedures.
- People who have a low pain tolerance. Because pain is subjective, sleep
dentistry can often eliminate the issue that may arise from those who have this experience, virtually removing the pain altogether.
- Those with active gag reflexes. Some people will gag even at the smallest
item being placed in their mouth, like an x-ray film. Using anesthesia
techniques, this problem can be eliminated.
- Those in need of extensive treatment. Sedation dentistry is perfect for
those who may need a more sophisticated treatment (root canals, implant dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation).
If you or a loved one falls in any of the catagories above, it may be time to
consider sedation dentistry. Drs. Samuels and Berger have worked with patients
who have varied histories and backgrounds from the PA area, and would love to
answer any question you may have about sleep dentistry and dental anesthesia
services. Contact us by calling 717.778.4268, or by emailing us at SamuelsDentalArts@yahoo.com.