How to Determine if Sedation Dentistry is Right for You
Approximately 15 percent of Americans are afraid of going to a family dentist, an issue called dental anxiety.
But there’s no need to be afraid of the dentist when you have access to so many modern sedation options. Sedation allows you to have a comfortable and pain-free experience when you’re having a necessary dental procedure performed at your family dentist’s office in Plymouth. Learn more about sedation dentistry to find out if it’s right for you.
About Sedation Dentistry
Certain dental procedures, like root canals and periodontal surgery, can be painful due to contact with nerves in the mouth. Sedation dentistry relaxes those nerves (and the patient) so that the dentist can properly treat the problem. Dentists use a variety of different pharmacological solutions to administer sedation to patients before starting a procedure.
Levels of Sedation
There are different levels of sedation available for oral surgeries, ranging from mild to deep sleep. Here are the types of sedation dentistry used by dentists at Smile Design Dentistry, PLLC in Plymouth:
- Oral sedation—patient takes a pill in advance of the appointment that relaxes the nerves and relieves anxiety.
- Inhalation conscious sedation—also known as “laughing gas” or nitrous oxide, this sedative is administered with a nasal hood and gives the patient a good feeling that lasts through the procedure.
- IV conscious sedation—medication is delivered into the bloodstream, causing the whole body to relax.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
If you have dental anxiety and need an urgent dental procedure, sedation dentistry may be right for you. However, not every sedation method will be recommended for every patient or procedure. For instance, some patients have health concerns or are taking medications that can’t be combined with dental sedatives. Your dentist will do a thorough check of your health history and discuss approved sedation options with you at your initial appointment.
Relax, and Call Your Dentist Today
Many patients are happy to learn that they can finally feel relaxed going to the dentist, thanks to sedation dentistry. Your dental needs may not be as challenging as you think. There are many ways we approach orthodontics and help you gain the smile you want.