Sedation dentistry is a great option for people who want to get a smile they can be proud of. It allows you to overcome your fears and concerns, so that you can receive the dental care that you need. The benefits of sedation dentistry include:
It’s safe for most patients – Generally speaking, the only people who shouldn’t undergo a sedation procedure are pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions. Titensor Dental can work with you to determine the best sedation treatment for your unique needs and situation. It reduces pain – Your pain threshold is different from everyone else’s. With sedation dentistry, we can help you find the level of sedation that works for you, so you can have a comfortable experience at the dentist.
You won’t remember the procedure – One of the biggest reasons why people are afraid to go to the dentist is that they have negative memories from childhood. With sedation dentistry, you will wake up from your appointment with no memory of the procedure. This means you will have a positive association with the dentist, which will encourage you to visit more often in the future.
Sedation dentistry can be used for a variety of procedures – Whether you need to have your teeth cleaned, or you have a more involved procedure that requires the use of a drill and other tools, we can help. Sedation can be used for teeth whitening, fillings, crowns and more. It can even be used for gum disease treatment or to repair a chipped tooth.
It eliminates your gag reflex – Sometimes, the dentist has to probe deep into the oral cavity. The client’s gag reflex can hinder this process and cause damage to the mouth. Sedation can paralyze the patient’s gag reflex, which allows the dentist to work more effectively.
The amnesia created by sedation dentistry will also prevent you from having any new, unpleasant experiences at the dentist. This is helpful because dental anxiety can keep growing with each additional visit. With sedation dentistry, you will not have any new bad associations and your anxiety levels will be much lower in the future.
The most common type of sedation used by dentists is nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. It is administered through a small mask over the nose and it begins to take effect quickly. This sedation is very effective for people who have mild dental fear, and it wears off just as quickly. If you’re considering undergoing this form of sedation, you will need to arrange transportation home from the dentist. It’s important that you have a trusted friend or family member lined up to drive you after your appointment so that you can rest and recover from the effects of the sedation. Depending on the type of sedation you are receiving, the dentist may need to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure while you’re in the office. You should avoid drinking alcohol or taking any medication 6-8 hours before your sedation appointment, as this can affect the way the sedative takes effect.