Sedation dentistry can enhance your experience when you’re in our care. Millions of people suffer with fear and phobias related to oral healthcare settings. This fear can prevent people from getting the care they need to maintain their oral health. If you’re nervous about an upcoming procedure, you might want to discuss sedation amenities with our dentist.
Following are the top five benefits associated with sedation dentistry.
If you suffer from intense fears of dental settings, you’re not alone. Many people develop phobias related to oral care because of previous experiences or because the sounds of dental instruments are intimidating. Sedation dentistry can help keep you calm and relaxed. In fact, oral and IV sedation can help you establish positive associations with oral healthcare, which could diminish the intensity of your anxiety over time.
Sedation dentistry can help prevent discomfort caused by more complex and invasive treatments. For example, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has an analgesic effect. Oral and IV sedation also help amplify the effects of pain-relieving medication for optimal patient comfort.
Diminished Recollection of Dental Procedures
Medication used in sedation dentistry can have an amnesic effect. This can help patients overcome dental phobias in the long term because they have diminished recollection of their treatment.
Decreased Gag Reflex
Having a strong gag reflex can be an issue when it comes to oral healthcare procedures. Fortunately, anxiety medication slows down the central nervous system, which ultimately decreases a person’s gag reflex. This is especially beneficial for those receiving care that is more lengthy or complex.
Faster Dental Treatment
Sedation dentistry helps your oral healthcare team work faster. When anti-anxiety medication helps patients lie still and stay relaxed, it prevents intermittent disruptions to treatment. This allows dentists to work faster and without obstruction so you can get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.
Our practice offers nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. If you’d like to discuss sedation dentistry, give our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental a call so we can schedule a consultation.