Sedation dentistry and fibromyalgia
Sedation dentistry can provide quality dental care for adults who suffer from fibromyalgia. There are an estimated five million victims of this disorder in the United States alone. Fibromyalgia is a disorder in which sufferers are inflicted with muscle pain and fatigue. That sounds rather vague and generic; however, the pain is characterized by very specific tender points in the body. The most common areas are the neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs, and arms. If the patient experiences pressure for an extended period of time on any of their affected areas, this exacerbates the pain.
The patient with fibromyalgia faces challenges with ordinary activities every day; visiting the dentist can pose a special difficulty for them. They may have a very limited ability to open their mouth wide enough, or a sufficiently long enough time, for the dentist to perform a procedure. Pain and fatigue of the jaw joint is one of the more common realities for those with fibromyalgia. Then there is the discomfort of sitting in the dental chair for any significant length of time. Sedation dentists are aware of this, and they are committed to bringing quality, pain-free care to patients who already suffer enough from the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Relaxing the mind and the body
Fortunately, sedation dentistry offers a safe and effective way to increase the comfort of the fibromyalgia patient. With conscious sedation, the entire body and mind can be relaxed. This makes it easier for the patient to keep the jaw open. The sedation dentist provides an oral pre-medication about an hour before the procedure. Patients that are scheduled for treatment with sedation dentistry should have a companion drive them to and from their dental appointment. The oral sedation places them in a dream-like state, in which they are unable to feel anxiety or pain. Once the procedure is over, the sedation will wear off, and the patient emerges from the visit with little or no memory of the actual treatment.
Those who suffer from anxiety or fibromyalgia are not the only individuals to benefit from sedation dentistry. Patients with a severe gag reflex, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal arthritis, or lupus all have specific issues that can keep them from sitting in a dental chair, even for short periods. Sedation dentistry is the key to millions of Americans receiving the dental care that everyone needs.
Sedation dentist in south Charlotte
The Ballantyne Center for Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, utilizes the latest techniques, materials, and technology for their patients, including the use of sedation dentistry. From the moment you enter into their spa-like practice, you are surrounded by a relaxing and calm atmosphere. Treatments are painless because the dentists will give you a few small pills that will put you in a state of complete relaxation. Sometimes patients get so relaxed that they doze into a sleep like state. Once the procedure is complete, you wake up and go home to rest. Oftentimes, it is hard to even remember going through the procedure. Both Dr. Christian Yaste and Dr. Joe Hufanda are certified in oral sedation by DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). Call their office today for a free consultation for sedation dentistry, and learn how you can remain calm and comfortable through an entire dental visit.