I’m a baby when it comes to dentists and needles. Not a great combination when it comes to needing my teeth extracted. I’m getting dentures, which is scary enough at my age (I’m 42 but won’t admit that if you tell anyone). I wondered if I’m allowed to get them extracted at a hospital so I can be put to sleep?
Miranda the chicken
Please don’t beat yourself up. Anxiety can’t always be helped and you’re certainly not alone. The one thing that worries me is that unless there was an issue I’m unfamiliar with your anxiety has kept you from the dentist and cost you your teeth.
While you can go to the hospital and get your teeth extracted, it will cost you a fortune. If I told you there’s an alternative which can give you pain-free extractions and save you a great deal of money, would you be interested?
I wish you’d actually known about this option before you’d lost your teeth, so they could have been saved. At least we have the chance now to make life a bit easier for you.
Sedation dentistry is a way to get stress-free and pain-free dental appointments. Now there are different levels of dental sedation. Which one you’d get is determined by your level of anxiety.
Levels of Dental Sedation
- Nitrous Oxide: This is commonly called “Laughing Gas”. It relaxes you. It’s fine for people with minor anxiety, but if you have a high level of anxiety, which it sounds like you do, this isn’t for you.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: This is for people who have a high level of anxiety. It’s so strong that you need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You’ll also need someone to stay with you at home until you’re clear-headed and steady on your feet, which could take several hours. Most people sleep through these appointments, but you don’t have to. Though it does have an added benefit. You won’t need an I.V. needle. It’s a pill.
- I.V. Sedation: This is for people that want to be “out” during their procedure. It’s not the same as surgical anesthesia. While technically, you’re still conscious, you will not feel a thing and will most definitely be asleep. Dentists need special certification to do this type of sedation. Dr. Saleh is DOCS certified, which means she’s properly trained to make sure you’re safe during your treatment with sedation.
Before You Get Dentures
When you mentioned how young you are, it worried me that you’re getting dentures. I hope to the highest heavens your dentist warned you about facial collapse. If he or she didn’t, I’m going to strongly suggest you find a more responsible dentist.
When your teeth are extracted, your body recognizes that and interprets it as you no longer needing the minerals in your jawbone. After all, you don’t have teeth to retain. Unfortunately for you, this means your jaw will begin to shrink. It won’t take many years before there won’t be enough jawbone left for you to retain your dentures. Not only does this scrunch up your face giving you an aged appearance, but you won’t be able to keep your dentures in, making it almost impossible for you to eat solid foods.
There is a solution to this. If you get dental implants instead of dentures, it places prosthetic teeth roots into your jawbone so your brain recognizes your body needs to keep the jawbone strong and healthy. Not only does this protect you from facial collapse, but your life will be much more pleasant when it comes to eating foods and brushing your teeth. And, you’ll never have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out at humiliating moments.
This blog is brought to you by Portland/Lake Oswego Dentist Dr. Mo Saleh.