Is Sedation Dentistry a Good Option for You

If you have been avoiding important dental treatments or if you are in pain but are too afraid to see a dentist, sedation dentistry may be the right option to help you.

By providing a sense of calm, sedation helps you to prepare for your dental visit and get through the treatment without the stress and anxiety you may have experienced in the past. Some types of sedation can also reduce or eliminate any discomfort or pain that the treatment may cause, making it easier for you to complete necessary dental work and regular teeth cleanings.

There are various sedation options including laughing gas (nitrous oxide), oral sedation (prescription pills) and IV sedation. Each option has its own purpose and your Ambiance dentist can help you to decide which option works best for you and your individual situation. A general dentist can usually provide oral sedation.

Sedation dentistry may be a good option for you if you would benefit from any of the following:

  1. Reduced Fear & Anxiety – Taking sedation medication makes it almost impossible for you to feel stress or anxiety. This means that you can arrive at your appointment without any of the anxiousness you may have experienced in the past. It also means that you will feel calm during your appointment, decreasing the amount of trauma or negative experiences that stay with you in the future.
  2. Minimized Gag Reflex & Sensitivity – Those with an easily triggered gag reflex or sensitive gums know that dental treatment can be very challenging and potentially painful. By taking advantage of one of these sedation methods, you can deactivate your gag reflex and eliminate discomfort from sensitivity, which will make your dental procedures quicker and more comfortable.
  3. Pain Relief – Sedation deactivates your pain response as well, so using certain methods can ensure that you do not feel the resulting pain caused by certain procedures.
  4. Able To Have Longer Appointments – When your dentist is able to focus solely on the procedure they are completing for you and is not working around your anxiety, sensitivity or pain, they can work much faster. Sedation helps to keep anxiety, sensitivity and pain at bay so you will also be able to handle longer sessions and procedures. Sedation dentistry makes everything run much smoother, therefore you will be able to withstand longer appointments which will result in fewer appointments to complete important dental work.

If any of these benefits sound like a relief to you, sedation dentistry is likely a good option to help you get the critical dental treatment you need without the stress and anxiety that you have experienced in the past.

Most patients who have tried sedation dentistry wish they had done it sooner. The sense of calm that comes with facing dental care without fear is immeasurable and the confidence of having great oral hygiene and a beautiful smile is well worth taking the extra step.

To find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, reach out to us today to discuss your options.

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