Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatments to help patients feel more relaxed. It can be particularly useful for patients with dental anxiety, who are especially likely to develop dental fear or phobia.
Sedation is most commonly achieved through the use of sedative medication. Topical anesthetics such as lidocaine may also be applied to ensure a patient is completely numb. Various sedatives may be used based on the patient and his or her needs.
There are three main types of sedation dentistry:
Sedation dentistry allows patients with dental phobias or dental anxiety to feel comfortable receiving necessary dental treatments. Sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fear of the dentist, decrease stress, and feel comfortable. During your procedure, you'll be awake but completely relaxed and at ease.
Here are a few benefits of sedation dentistry:
Patients who undergo long or complicated procedures may dread their appointment. With sedation dentistry, patients may be able to undergo a long procedure in just one visit. This means a shorter time in the dental chair, which may help patients feel less anxious or nervous.
For patients with dental phobia or anxiety, pain may be a significant dental problem. Sedation dentistry, however, can help minimize pain so that patients can stay relaxed in the dental chair.
Some patients have a lower pain tolerance than others. This can be due to anxiety, fear, or stress. With sedation dentistry, these patients may be able to undergo dental procedures without pain. Sedation dentistry also allows patients with a sensitive gag reflex to undergo dental procedures smoothly.
Dental phobia or anxiety is a common problem. This can result in patients feeling stressed or nervous in the dental chair. Sedation dentistry can help patients relax, which can help them feel more at ease in the dental chair.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for those who experience intense anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist's office and for those who want a more extensive dental procedure completed in less time.
If you haven't scheduled your dental visit yet, contact Focus Dental Group at (801) 255-7101 or visit our dental office located at 6770 S 900 E Suite 301, Midvale, UT 84047.