Dental anxiety is a vicious cycle. You avoid the dentist because you’re afraid, which means you develop dental problems that make you more afraid. But sedation dentistry can help you break the cycle so that you can get the dental treatment you need. It works so well, you might find you even want to go for elective cosmetic dentistry to get yourself a beautiful smile. And sedation dentistry also helps with people who have a strong gag reflex, have difficulty getting numb, or can’t sit still for a long procedure.
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Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
When you are getting the dental care you need, it shouldn’t be an experience that makes you not want to continue receiving oral care. Sedation dentistry can help take care of this worry.
Sedation dentistry is a simple, effective way to overcome many of the reasons why people don’t like visiting the dentist, including:
Strong gag reflex
Difficulty getting numb
Excessive discomfort from dental procedures
Inability to sit still during treatment
Schedule conflicts that force us to do more in longer appointments
Many of these are actually symptoms to low-level dental anxiety. For example, being in a heightened state of anxiety can make your gag reflex especially sensitive. It also makes it harder for you to get numb, because adrenaline in your blood is trying to counteract the effects of anesthesia. And when you’re anxious, you tend to tense your jaw and other muscles, which can lead to additional discomfort from your procedure—and make it hard to sit still.
But even if you don’t have dental anxiety, there’s only so long you can sit still in the dentist’s chair. Sedation dentistry has many benefits that helps you sit still for longer. This can be very helpful if you have a complicated restorative procedure or a smile makeover that you want done. You can have it done in a few longer appointments rather than having to make lots of shorter ones.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry is the easiest thing in the world. You just take a pill before coming in for your appointment. You should begin to feel the effects soon, and by the time you make it to our office, you will be very relaxed and ready to have your dental treatment. This means you’ll need to have someone drive you to our office—you won’t be able to drive yourself once the medication takes effect.
You won’t be asleep. You’ll be aware of your surroundings, and capable of understanding and following directions, but you’ll be relaxed and won’t experience stress in response to the sensations that normally trigger anxiety, such as sights, sounds, smells, and touch. Time will seem to pass really quickly, and you won’t remember much about your treatment, just a generally pleasant feeling. This can help people overcome anxiety, and sometimes patients find that in the future they don’t need the pill any more.
After the procedure, you will need to be driven home, because we can’t know when the medication has worn off completely. You should rest until you feel better, and have someone stay with you for the remainder of the day, just in case.
Sedation Dentistry Is Safe
Sedation dentistry is very safe because it is a very mild medication. It has a very low risk of adverse effects, and there are only a few people who have significant associated risk, such as people with:
Allergies to the medication
Certain respiratory conditions, including sleep apnea
Prescriptions that may interact with sedation drugs
Talk to us about your medical history and we can make sure that sedation dentistry is appropriate for you.