Are you afraid of the dentist? No need to shake in your shoes, because sedation dentistry might just change your life. We’re not being dramatic – it may really make that big of a difference. Picture this – you’re fast asleep, catching some serious Z’s, calm and comfortable as can be. You wake up refreshed and with a perfectly healthy smile. Does it sound too good to be true? Maybe, but sedation dentistry is the game changer you’ve been waiting for, and it works just like that.
Sedation dentistry, sometimes known as “sleep dentistry,” is when a dentist uses medication to help patients relax. This medication can come in several different forms from minimal to deep sedation – inhaled, oral sedation via a pill, IV, and general anesthesia. Each type of sedation is used based on the procedure being done and the level of anxiety of the patient. So if the thought of a basic cleaning is enough to send you into a tailspin, you can ask your dentist if sedation dentistry is right for you and make your experience both relaxing and pleasant.
Before your appointment, make sure you consult with your dentist, as there are many factors that contribute to your ability to being sedated. A history of cardiac disease, diabetes and some respiratory diseases may prevent you from being sedated, so talking through your medical history with your dentist will be important.
So, what are the benefits of sedation dentistry and why should you give it a try? Read below to find out the benefits of sedation dentistry and why so many others are experiencing total relaxation in the dentist’s chair.
For some, sensitive gums or teeth can lead to a cringe-worthy dental experience. But by using sedation dentistry, you can experience the most comfortable trip to the dentist possible. You will be sedated just enough to be unaware of your treatment. After your treatment, you’ll wake up feeling well-rested and will have little to no memory of your treatment. Even those who aren’t nervous about their visit can use sedation dentistry for procedures that may typically only include numbing.
2. Fast procedure
Gone are the days of needing multiple appointments for one single procedure. With sedation dentistry, dentists are able to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. Since patients are able to relax and remain comfortable, dentists can work for a longer amount of time without needing to schedule a second visit. This means sometimes getting years of work done in just one visit without feeling a thing. Not only is this great news for the dentist, but also the patient. You’ll save precious time and money and have healthy teeth in less visits!
3. Great for special needs
Those with Sensory Processing Disorders or Autism Spectrum Disorders among other disorders that impair the nervous system can now have a comfortable visit and get the help they need. Before, it was a challenge to convince individuals with processing disorders to go to the dentist as their experience was filled with hypersensitivity and true discomfort. With sedation dentistry, dentists can clean the teeth of or perform complete procedures on both children and adults experiencing these disorders and more.
Feeling brave and ready to schedule your next (or first!) appointment? Contact West Chester Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment and learn more about sedation dentistry!