Sedation dentistry is an oral health treatment method that uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. This is commonly done for patients with dental anxiety or for patients who need to undergo long or complex treatments.
Dentists often prefer to use minor sedatives first before resorting to heavier methods. These medications can help make the patient feel more at ease and less anxious about the dental procedure ahead, allowing them to be less agitated and more responsive to the dental care provider’s instructions. This can also help in providing the best treatment results possible for the patient.
Patients who suffer from dental anxiety or who have a low pain threshold can benefit greatly from sedation dentistry. Studies show that approximately 15% of adults avoid the dentist because of anxiety and fear related to going to a dentist’s office. This means many patients suffer from untreated tooth decay or other oral problems because of this fear. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can allow these patients to get the care they need without experiencing anxiety or discomfort during their dental treatments. This can be vital to maintaining good dental health over a lifetime. Patients who have put off dental work due to dental anxiety are also great candidates for sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry can benefit not only fearful patients but those who have trouble sitting for long periods of time and those who need more than one procedure performed during a single appointment. Many adults who have severe dental anxiety put off preventative care and necessary treatment, so sedation dentistry can give them the peace of mind they need to get the care they need.
Patients with a strong gag reflex or extreme anxiety may have a hard time getting through even basic procedures when they don’t have sedation. With sedation, they can get through their treatment without issue, so they won’t have to have a long wait with much more significant dental problems as a result.
Patients with strong dental fears can also benefit from sedation because it allows them to relax enough to get through a procedure that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do. This can help remove their fears about dental care so they can have a healthy smile for life.
There are multiple sedation methods available at your dentist’s office, including laughing gas and IV sedation. The type of sedation you get will depend on your level of anxiety as well as your health history. Some patients prefer to have a light sedative to help them feel calm and relaxed during their dental treatments, while others are so anxious that they can’t even sit in the dentist’s chair without full sedation. Talk to your dentist about which type of sedation is right for you.
To learn more, get in touch with the dentists at Stonewall Dental by calling (703) 368-1000 or visiting the office at 8719 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA 20110.