Do you avoid or put off going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear? For patients who have dental phobia, sedation dentistry can be a valued solution to keeping a healthy smile. Unfortunately, many patients aren’t aware that sedation dentistry is an option for them or they may have misconceptions about this relaxing way of doing dentistry. Here are some simple truths about sedation dentistry to help you decide if it is right for you:
You Likely Qualify for Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry isn’t just reserved for lengthy dental treatments or patients who have extreme fears. Most patients are good candidates for sedation dentistry – including kids, those with physical or mental disabilities and patients who would otherwise avoid their dental visit without it.
Sedation Dentistry Can be Used for Cleanings Too
Again, there are no set rules on who can get sedation dentistry. You don’t have to have a root canal scheduled to ask for sedation dentistry. Many patients choose sedation during their routine dental cleaning.
Sedation Dentistry Doesn’t Put You to Sleep
This is a common misconception. While there are different levels of sedation, most options (oral sedation and nitrous oxide) will put patients into a very relaxed and peaceful state, but they remain awake and still able to communicate with the dentist if they choose.
You Can Return to Work After Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is the most common form of sedation dentistry because it does not leave patients feeling groggy or unable to drive themselves home. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off within minutes of removing the mask so that you can safely go about your day when you leave our office.
Sedation Dentistry Can be Customized to You
At Avalon Dental Group, we proudly offer various levels and options in sedation dentistry. This allows us to tailor a treatment to each individual patient depending on their level of anxiety and needs. Sedative medications can even be titrated and adjusted during your appointment.
Consider Sedation Dentistry at Your Next Visit
Do you have a fear of pain or dental needles? Perhaps you have a sensitive gag reflex or a bad memory of the dentist from your childhood? We invite you to consider sedation dentistry at your next dental visit with us. Call Avalon Dental Group today and let us create a positive and stress-free experience for your entire family.