Sedation is a common practice, used by varying types of medical professionals in a range of different surgeries and treatments. Over the last decade, an increasing number of dentists have recognized that sedation is an effective solution for patients whose dental health is suffering due to fear or anxiety about visiting them. Today, sedation dentistry is more widely available than ever before. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a dentist that can offer sedation is necessarily the right dentist for your procedure.
So, what should you look for when choosing a sedation dentist?
Qualifications and training
Sedation dentistry is not something that is covered in detail during the standard program of training to become a qualified dentist. Nevertheless, although it is not a recognized speciality, a sedation dentist should undergo specific training and certification in sedation types and techniques. This will prove that they are proficient in administering the medications necessary to induce and manage a sedated state.
We strongly recommend that you take the time to find out both how much training your sedation dentist has had, and through which organization. The Dental Organization for Dental Sedation and the American Dental Association are two programs that offer comprehensive training and certification.
While learned knowledge of a practice is important, there is no substitute for experience. Every patient is different, meaning that no textbook or training course can cover every eventuality, and learning through experience is the best way to gain a truly comprehensive understanding of any subject.
Ask your preferred dentist about what experience they have had in the past with sedation, and how frequently they use it now. Recent experience is very important, as knowledge can fade over time.
In addition to their initial education, any good dentist should stay abreast of developments within their field. This will ensure that they are using the safest techniques and tools for the procedures that they provide and show that they are committed to providing their patients with the highest quality care.
Speak to your dentist about whether they are part of a professional dental organization, or if they attend courses and/or seminars about sedation dentistry.
Great bedside manner
A great bedside manner isn’t just for doctors. There is a good chance that the main reason you are enquiring about sedation dentistry is because you suffer from anxiety or have a phobia about visiting your dentist. Therefore, in addition to needing sedation, you also need someone to administer it who you feel that you can trust and feels professional.
If you don’t feel comfortable with a particular dentist, you may never overcome your fear, despite the temporary relief offered by sedation. It is our recommendation that you take the time to find a dentist who is qualified and experienced, and has the ability to reassure you.
We are delighted to be able to offer our sedation dentistry services to patients in and around the Jupiter, FL area. To find out more, or to arrange a consultation with one of our friendly, reassuring dentists, call our office today.