Sedation dentistry is a specialized form of dentistry in which patients who are anxious about going to the dentist receive medication to help them stay calm during cleanings, fillings, and other procedures, both minor and extensive. Depending on the length and severity of the work to be done, patients receive minor, moderate, or deep sedation. This form of dentistry offers various benefits.
Complex Procedures Can Be Performed More Quickly
If you need extensive dental care, you’ll often have to spend hours in the dentist chair, sometimes over multiple appointments. With sedation dentistry, however, it’s easier for the dentist to work because your movements are minimized, so complicated procedures can be expedited. In addition, it usually makes patients feel drowsy or even fall asleep, so time in the dentist chair goes by quickly.
Fear and Anxiety Are Reduced
Those who are apprehensive or fearful about the dentist often avoid oral care. Over time, this not only contributes to tooth decay and gingivitis, but it is also detrimental to your overall health. With sedation dentistry, even those who have a phobia of seeing the dentist are able to get the oral health care they need and maintain a healthy smile.
The Gag Reflex Is Controlled
Dental care is often a problem for those with a weak gag reflex. Under sedation, however, the gag reflex is suppressed, which both reduces patient anxiety in the dentist chair and allows our dentist to work efficiently without concern.
You Don’t Have to Worry About Safety
Most dentists are certified to administer nitrous oxide, which has few side effects even for children. In fact, patients can drive themselves home after using this method.
Since a procedure that may take four appointments without sedation can often be completed in one or two appointments when the patient is sedated, this type of treatment is a boon for anyone who has a busy schedule.
Make an Appointment with Us Today
If these benefits sound appealing to you, sedation dentistry at Cascades Center for Dental Health might be the answer to your fears. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment at our office in Sterling!