Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedative medications, which are administered to a patient ahead of a dental procedure in order to help them feel calm and relaxed for the duration of their appointment. There are different types of sedation available depending on the severity of your needs and the nature of the dental work that you will be having. For example, light sedation is typically recommended for patients with mild anxiety or who are only having a check-up or a simple treatment like a filling. Meanwhile, deep sedation may be recommended for those patients with crippling fear and/or those who are having invasive dental treatments such as root canals or extractions.
There are many reasons why an increasing number of patients are choosing sedation dentistry. Here’s why you should consider this service for your next dental appointment.
Sedation dentistry will reduce your anxiety or fear about your dental procedure
Whether you are simply having a basic dental exam or more invasive treatment, sedation can ensure that you remain calm and relaxed for the duration of your procedure. This is important since it means you will be happier to undergo dental treatment that is essential for you to maintain a healthy smile.
Sedation dentistry will help you to enjoy better oral health
Many people who are nervous about visiting their dentist will avoid going altogether if they can. When you fail to attend regular dental exams, you are more likely to suffer from decay and gum disease, which could put your teeth and your health at risk. If you know you will be sedated and calm, you are more likely to attend your regular dental exams.
Sedation dentistry makes treatments safer for anxious
When you are nervous or scared of dental treatments, you are more likely to flinch or react in some way during the appointment. Since many dental treatments involve the use of sharp instruments in your mouth, being sedated, which keeps you calmer and able to remain still, is far safer for you and your dentist.
Sedation dentistry enables you to receive higher quality dental treatment
If you are calm and still, you are also better able to receive the best quality dental treatment possible since your dentist will be able to take the time that they need to carry out the highest standard of work.
Sedation dentistry could prevent you from needing more dental work in the future
A great deal of dentistry is proactive rather than reactive. When you attend regular dental exams, your dentist can detect any developing issues early on and before they have a chance to cause irreparable damage to your smile or your health. If you can tolerate dental exams under sedation, you are giving your dentist an opportunity to help you to prevent more serious dental issues from arising in the future.
Sedation dentistry is particularly beneficial for patients with disabilities
Sedation dentistry isn’t just for people who are scared of the dentist. It is also very valuable for those patients who have disabilities and are otherwise unable to tolerate dental treatments due to problems understanding instructions or physically complying with them. This includes those with cognitive disabilities such as autism, as well as physical disabilities like Down Syndrome.
If you would like to understand more about what is involved in sedation dentistry, our experienced and knowledgeable dental team would be delighted to discuss the service with you in more detail. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.