Does the buzzing sound of a dentist’s drill send shivers up your spine? Do you get anxious or nervous just by thinking about taking a seat in the dentist’s chair? Do you dread each and every dentist appointment you have? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
Simply put, sedation dentistry is the use of pharmaceutical agents to help calm the nerves of a patient. Sedation dentistry can be used on adults as well as children and can help decrease anxiety, stress, and overall discomfort when visiting the dentist.
There are also a number of different varieties of sedation dentistry including Halcion (a pill similar to Valium), nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as “laughing gas”), and an overall aneasthetic that will help you remain semi-unconscious or fully unconscious throughout the entire procedure. On top of these sedation methods, you will also most likely receive a local anesthetic to help the overall experience of the procedure.
Benefits of sedation dentistry
- There are a number of benefits to using sedation dentistry including:
- Better cooperation from the patient
- Relaxed gag reflex
- Overall relaxation and comfort of the patient
- Saves time and money (less appointments)
- Little to no memory of the procedure
- More control for the dentist
If you think you might be a candidate for sedation dentistry, or for more information on sedation dentistry, contact us today!