Sedation dentistry is an approach to dental work that helps reduce or even eliminate any anxiety or discomfort you might feel at the dentist’s office. People who have had unpleasant experiences with the dentist often suffer from extreme anxiety, sometimes even when they’re just going for a routine cleaning. Sedation can help you visit the dentist in comfort.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Before deciding on sedation dentistry, it’s important to know exactly what it is and how it works. It does not involve general anesthesia, nor is it always necessary to use anesthesia that is administered with needles. In many cases, you can experience complete relaxation and comfort by taking a pill or by breathing nitrous oxide during your visit. [pullquote]Sedation can help you visit the dentist in comfort.[/pullquote]
The most common types of sedation used are:
- Sedative administered in pill form
- Nitrous oxide
- Sedative administered intravenously
With all these types of sedation, you will be conscious and able to talk to your dentist, answering questions and responding to instructions. But you will be thoroughly relaxed, almost as if you are dreaming, and time will seem to go faster.
Advantages of Sedation
This approach to dentistry offers several advantages, especially to those who suffer from dental anxiety. If you have experienced this kind of anxiety, especially if it has bothered you for many years, you might have put off dental work to the point where you need to have several things done to get your dental health back on track. Sedation makes this easier and more comfortable for you as well as for your dentist. Because you are so relaxed, he will be able to perform all the necessary procedures more easily. You can catch up with several years’ worth of neglected work, sometimes in a single visit.
Sedation can also help you recover from your anxiety at visiting the dental office. You never have to be worried about visiting the dentist again, because your treatment will be relaxed and comfortable. To find out more about sedation dentistry, please contact the office of Dr. Nicholas Kemp.