Dental anxiety can make it very difficult for some people to get the care they need for their teeth. Fortunately, sedation dentistry offers a solution. Using sedation, your dentist can ensure a comfortable, anxiety free appointment even if you must undergo extensive restorations.
Sedation Dentistry and How It Works
Sedation dentistry involves use of a sedative with or without local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable dental visit free of any stress or concern. If you have had bad experiences with the dentist in the past, or are simply worried about a particularly complex dental procedure such as a crown or root canal therapy, sedation can help take your anxiety away.
You and your dentist can determine the best options for sedation for your personal needs. Your dentist may prefer a particular approach, or recommend different types of sedation for different procedures depending upon how invasive or complicated they are. The main approaches to sedation are:
- Oral sedation using a prescription sedative pill
- Nitrous oxide administered during the procedure
- Intravenous sedation administered during the procedure
If you plan to have sedation dentistry, you should arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment in case you are still groggy after your procedure. In the case of oral sedation, your pill will take effect before you get to the dentist, so it’s important to have a ride to the appointment as well as one to bring you home afterward.
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
Almost anyone can benefit from sedation dentistry. It is most often used in conjunction with local anesthetic for restoration or surgical procedures. Some people have such severe dental anxiety that they have difficulty even sitting through a routine appointment. Still others have an extremely sensitive gag reflex that makes it very difficult for the dentist to examine their teeth. In both of these cases, sedation can also be helpful to reduce anxiety and to reduce the sensation that causes the gag reflex.
If you have concerns or questions about dental anxiety or a specific dental procedure, consult with our dentist by calling today!