When it comes to dental treatments there can be some discomfort at
times, depending on the type of work being done. In most cases dentists would
use a local
anaesthetic to try to minimise the amount of pain felt by a patient, but
there are times when complete sedation may be necessary to finish the
Here are a few examples of when you may need to go through sedation
dentistry in Edinburgh.
Patients with a low pain threshold
As mentioned previously, there can be some discomfort felt during
procedures and whilst most patients can tolerate a little pain, there may be
those that struggle with it. The mouth is a very sensitive area and for
patients that may have a low pain threshold or have a phobia about pain, then sedation may be a
viable option to complete the necessary treatment.
As you grow, you start to build up a natural tolerance to certain
levels of pain and because of that you can tolerate a lot more discomfort than
those that are younger. Patients that are children are naturally more sensitive
to pain and discomfort and can find it a lot harder to tolerate, so they begin
to cry, scream and become stressed or traumatised by the event.
To counter this a dentist may use a general anaesthetic to make
the process easier to handle for younger patients.
The last thing your dentist needs, as they try to complete a
finicky manoeuvre with one of their tools, is you fidgeting around – as the
less you move, the easier it is for a dentist to complete a procedure.
In these types of scenarios a dentist may use a type of
anaesthetic to relax you, instead of completely sedating you, in order to
reduce the excessive fidgeting and moving around, to make finishing the treatment
a little less difficult.
Patients with anxiety
One of the more common cases for the use of sedation dentistry is
if a patient is struggling with anxiety during or before a treatment that may
feature some discomfort.
In order to reduce any potential stress that may be placed on
someone during a treatment they may feel a little nervous about, a dentist may
use a sedative to relax or completely ‘knock-out’ that person before they
Overly sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth can be a nightmare, not just because it means you
need to watch how hot or cold your meals are, it can also make just touching
the tooth incredibly painful at times. This can make performing treatments a
lot harder for a dentist, as they will inevitably need to touch a patient’s
teeth depending on the procedure involved.
In the case of sensitive teeth though, a local anaesthetic may be
used first to lower any discomfort, but if that has no effect a more general
sedative may be involved at a future appointment.
These are just a few cases of when you would be able to qualify
for being sedated at a dental practice. If you have any further questions about
this practice or would like to find out if you could be a candidate, then get
in touch with your local practice.