Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Sedation dentistry can help patients feel much more relaxed during dental work. Many people fear dental procedures. They worry about the discomfort and pain they might feel during the procedure. Some people have high general anxiety, which is heightened further when they are in a dental chair. Some people have a fear of sitting in the dentist’s chair, whether it’s for an important dental procedure or just a teeth cleaning.

Why You May Need Sedation Dentistry
Patients may have a number of reasons for considering sedation dentistry, including …

  • Very sensitive oral nerves
  • Bad experiences with dental work in the past
  • Mouth becomes sore during dental procedures
  • Fear of dental procedures
  • Having a natural resistance to local anesthetic
  • General anxiety disorder

Dental sedation can help patients get through many types of dental work, such as tooth extractions, root canals, dental implants, and other procedures.

Can I take it even if I’m not anxious?
Yes! Although Sedation Dentistry is a great solution to those who fear the dentist’s chair, sedation has other benefits as well. Your appointment may seem like mere minutes while under sedation, allowing your dentist to work longer and provide more treatment.

How Sedation Dentistry Works?
We offer different types and levels of sedation, and we always work with you to determine what your specific needs are.

For some of our patients, a prescription for a mild oral sedative taken before the procedure is enough to help them deal with mild anxiety. Together with a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, you will remain relaxed, comfortable, and in control of your movements.

For certain procedures, we offer the possibility of nitrous oxide in addition to using a local anesthetic. This breathable gas is mixed with oxygen and is inhaled through a mask that covers the nose. Nitrous oxide helps you relax and feel calm while dental work is taking place.

For patients who are dealing with severe worry or phobias, IV sedation may be appropriate. It allows you to sleep through the procedure — and your anxiety.

What will I feel under sedation?
What you will feel depends on the type and level of dosage you receive. In general, you will feel relaxed, calm, and in control, with its effects ranging from mild to feeling unconscious, though with sedation dentistry, you are technically conscious and alert at all times. You may or may not remember your procedure.

Is it safe?
One of the most common questions about sedation dentistry is whether it is safe, yes! Both the intravenous and oral sedation methods are considered safe, and your dentist will use equipment to monitor your pulse and oxygen during the procedure.

Dentists are also required to have drugs ready that will reverse your sedation, should it be necessary for a rare reaction. We are more than happy to answer any other questions you have about the safety of Sedation Dentistry.

Sedation Can Prevent Delays in Dental Care
When you put off essential dental care, it could mean a more invasive and expensive procedure later on. Do you have important dental procedures that need immediate treatment? Come talk to Dr. Hartley, our dentist at Woodcreek Dental Care about options for sedation dentistry patients can turn to during their dental visits.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
If you’re putting off dental work because you fear the pain or any other part of the work, sleep dentistry might offer the best solution. When you ignore issues such as dental caries, loose or broken teeth, and other problems, you put your oral health at risk. Furthermore, the problem might become more complicated as time passes, which could mean that you’ll need more extensive dental work in the future.

If you’re worried about upcoming dental work, ask your dentist about dental sedation. You won’t have to worry about persistent dental issues that cause you pain and other problems.