Sedation dentistry is the use of special medications to help patients relax during dental procedures and can range from nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to general anesthesia, where patients experience a decreased level of awareness or consciousness. It’s not uncommon for dentists to recommend sedation dentistry, even if a patient is not undergoing a serious procedure or does not experience fear or anxiety when going to the dentist. Here are six reasons to consider sedation dentistry.
Fear Of Going To The Dentist
The most common reason for patients to choose sedation dentistry is fear or anxiety over a trip to the dentist. Sedation dentistry completely relaxes the patient and dulls their senses. Sedation dentistry provides the patient with a happy and relaxed sensation and an overall feeling of well-being. The patient will not feel any pain during the procedure and will not remember the procedure.
Makes Time Pass Quickly
No matter how friendly and welcoming the dentist is, it can be awkward for a patient lying in the chair to stare at their dentist and the ceiling for the duration of the appointment. Sedation, even mild forms, can make a dental appointment pass by in the blink of an eye.
Saves Trips To The Dentist
There are some dental procedures that require multiple visits, not because a dentist can’t do the work in one sitting, but because patients can only handle so much dental care in one appointment. Sedation eliminates the need for a second visit and allows dentists to complete all of their work in one appointment, leaving patients’ calendars free to spend however they choose.
Eliminates Gag Reflex
Some patients have a very high gag reflex, which can make dental work uncomfortable. Hands and tools deep inside the mouth can trigger the reflex and interrupt or slow down the dental appointment. Mild forms of sedation dentistry will minimize the gag reflex and allow dentists to do their work uninterrupted and allow patients to feel more at ease.
Sensitive Teeth And Gums
While most patients don’t have a physical problem with dental work, sensitive teeth and gums can make a dental appointment uncomfortable. Patients who have hypersensitivity often have a much more pleasant dental experience while under the effects of sedation.
Trouble Sitting Still
Patients who have difficulty sitting still or those with disabilities can greatly benefit from sedation dentistry. Even the mildest forms of sedation dentistry can help to relax the body of fidgety patients. The calming effects of sedation are extremely beneficial to those with disabilities who are unable to sit still for extended periods of time.