The Many Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

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Millions of people have a degree of fear deep down when it comes to visiting the dentist, whether it be because of the potential pain from a procedure, or simply because they are anxious about having the tools in their mouth. Because of this, people go without the dental treatment that they may, and certainly do, desperately need, which results in deterioration of their oral health.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is used by dentists to ensure that patients can comfortably undergo any procedure or treatment necessary for their oral health, or their health overall. It is a technique that includes the administration of sedative drugs, whether it be in nitrous oxide, gas, intravenous, or pill form, to ensure that the procedure or treatment goes as smoothly as possible.

Who is Sedation Dentistry Best For?

If you suffer and go through any of the following listed below, then you are definitely a candidate for sedation dentistry:

  • Post trauma from a bad dental experience, such as from a dentist without the credentials and experience for a certain procedure you may have undergone in the past.
  • Sensitive teeth and gums for whatever reason, including damaged nerves, for example.
  • High amounts of stress when it comes to a treatment session or procedure that will take an extended amount of time.
  • Fear of dental equipment, including needles.
  • A high level of discomfort when it comes to the smells, tastes, sounds, and sights that are associated with any degree of dental care, even during a cleaning treatment.

Overall, those who suffer from any degree of fear or discomfort with going to the dentist should consider sedation dentistry to ensure that their mind is put at ease during their appointment.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

There are more than enough benefits on the table to reason why sedation dentistry is the perfect option for anyone who gets nervous or extremely anxious while visiting the dentist.

Your Gag Reflex Will Be Controlled

Interestingly enough, a lot of people will skip going to the dentist because they have quite the gag reflex, which will act up as soon as anything is put into their mouth. Sedation dentistry helps the patient to relax completely, and ensures that the gag reflex will not come into play during the procedure or treatment.

Will Help Patients Get Over Their Fear

Those who are fearful or extremely anxious about going to the dentist and avoid a visit altogether put themselves at risk of their oral health deteriorating over time. However, should a patient decide to go through with sedation dentistry, not only will their visit be a pleasant one, but it will also help them to get over their fear and anxiety once they go through with their treatment or procedure.

Lengthy Treatments and Procedures Will Be Easier 

During certain treatments and procedures, such as a root canal or even a regular cleaning, anxious and nervous patients will stop and start their treatment or procedure throughout the entire appointment out of discomfort and/or fear, but with sedation dentistry, this is no longer an issue, as the patient will be fully relaxed the entire duration of their appointment.

Preparing For Sedation Dentistry

For preparation of sedation dentistry, speak to your dentist about all of the things that you should do before you come in, and after your appointment, as well. For example, ensure that you have a ride home arranged before you are sedated, and that you drink plenty of water once you do arrive home to help flush the sedative out.

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