Did you know 36% of the population suffers from dental-related anxieties? Sedation dentistry can help patients conquer their fears to enjoy their time in the dental chair. However, it can help patients with other unique situations, too. Even if your palms don’t sweat before your appointment, here are a few non-anxiety benefits of sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of keeping a patient calm and comfortable using certain medications. Depending on your needs, there are various levels of sedation available. Contrary to common belief, you aren’t “put to sleep” unless IV sedation is used. Instead, you reach a high level of relaxation and calmness, so you might doze off. However, you can be awakened easily to respond to the dentist’s verbal cues.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Sedation?
Several types of dental sedation are available, but nitrous oxide is often the go-to solution because it’s safe for most patients. Better known as “laughing gas,” the inhaled sedative allows you to reach a deep level of relaxation. When combined with a numbing agent, you can enjoy a pain-free appointment, which can help patients with specific needs, including:
- Complex Dental Procedure: Sedation can keep you comfortable when needing a complex or lengthy treatment, like root canal therapy or tooth extractions.
- Multiple Dental Procedures: Time can fly by for patients needing multiple treatments. Your dentist can perform the procedures quickly, so you won’t need several appointments.
- TMJ Disorders: Patients with jaw pain or difficulty keeping their mouth open can enjoy the relaxing benefits of sedation to make it easier and more comfortable to get needed dental work.
- Strong Gag Reflex: Dental sedation can help reduce the involuntary reflex that occurs in the back of your mouth.
- Difficulty Staying in One Position: Patients who can’t tolerate sitting in one position for too long can reduce fidgeting, making your appointment easier for you and your dentist.
Although dental sedation is safe, it isn’t right for everyone. Your dentist will review your medical history, including any medications you’re taking, to ensure there are minimal risk factors for complications. They’ll create a safe, effective treatment plan that caters to your specific needs. You’ll be closely monitored throughout your appointment to ensure your safety.
Benefit from Sedation Dentistry
If you feel sedation dentistry can help you, look for a reputable dentist who has undergone advanced training in the practice. They’ll have the experience and qualifications necessary to administer the medication to minimize any adverse reactions.
You don’t have to be fearful of the dentist to be a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have an upcoming procedure, ask your dentist about adding dental sedation to your treatment plan.
About Dr. Jake Merrell
Dr. Merrell achieved his dental degree from the Ohio State University and regularly continues his education in advanced services, like oral surgery endodontics, and sedation dentistry. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you are interested in dental sedation, contact our office today to request a consultation.