One of the most common fears shared by people is a fear of the dentist. Patients can postpone necessary dental work due to fear of pain or needles. Just the sights, sounds and smells of a dentist’s office can lead to anxiety and increased heart rate for many people. Often, patients will tolerate tooth pain or other oral discomfort due to apprehension about what the dentist will find upon examination. These patients are perfect candidates for sedation dentistry, allowing them to benefit from general and cosmetic dentistry procedures free from anxiety and fear.
Patients are often concerned about the safety of sedation dentistry. Because you are monitored at all times by your dentist, it is very safe. In fact, due to the patient’s deep relaxation, more can be accomplished per visit when the patient is under sedation.
Sedation dentistry allows for positive experiences each time in the dentist’s office. Due to these positive experiences, patients who have undergone sedation dentistry treatments may find that their anxieties and fears abate as time passes. These patients may find themselves able to continue treatments with little to no sedation at all.
Other patients may have issues beyond fear or anxiety that can be addressed with sedation dentistry. Patients with an acute gag reflex, patients with highly sensitive gums and teeth, or patients with jaw pain or tenderness can benefit from sedation dentistry. Also benefitting are any patients who have trouble getting “numb” with standard anesthesia.
General dentistry and cosmetic dentistry procedures can be performed on a patient in conjunction with sedation dentistry. Teeth whitening treatments, dental implants, composite bonding, fillings, crowns, porcelain veneers and even orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign can be performed with the help of sedation dentistry. Routine cleanings can be made more comfortable and relaxing when sedation dentistry is utilized.
Many factors determine your eligibility and suitability for treatment with sedation dentistry. Age, general health, and the details of the procedure you wish to undergo are all taken into account. Talk to your dentist today to see what advantages sedation dentistry can bring to your dental care.
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