Visiting your dentist often is an important part of life that should not be overlooked or avoided. It is necessary to keep your oral health in optimal shape and to ensure that your teeth are strong and are healthy. Sometimes, however, individuals become so worried at the thought of visiting the dentist that they avoid it for as long as possible. This is, not an effective technique for avoiding the dentist altogether because eventually you will need dental help. When that day comes, do not worry – we can help you get through the visits as peacefully as possible. Modern dentistry offers many options that can help even those most worried about visiting our offices do so without undue stress or anxiety.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to our efforts to make you comfortable for whatever dental procedure you have come to have done. For those that are particularly worried about visiting our offices, for example, we offer sedation options like oral sedation medication. This is a medicine that helps calm your nerves and allows you to speak with the dentist while undergoing your examination in a relaxed state. That might seem like a tall order, but we promise that it is true! Using sedation dentistry can be a big boon to patients who are in need of dental services, but are also worried about the prospect of visiting a dentist.
Does sedation dentistry put you to sleep?
Many individuals want to know if sedation dentistry can put them to sleep entirely. This is not the purpose of sedation dentistry. Note that the word “sedation” means to calm you down and put you into a relaxed state, but it does not necessarily mean that you go to sleep as a result. In fact, it is important that you are awake so that you can interact with the dentist and understand what kinds of treatment options you have at your disposal. The great thing about sedation dentistry is that you are still alert enough to speak with staff and ask questions – you just aren’t so alert as to be overwhelmed by concern and stress.
Is there anything I should know about sedation dentistry?
You should keep in mind that depending upon the kind of sedation in question, you might want someone to drive you to and from the dentist’s office. In fact, if you are taking anti-anxiety medication by mouth, you will need to have someone drive you to and from the appointment as you will not (and should not) be able to do so yourself. Because sedation medication helps you to relax, it generally means that you will not be as alert as necessary when it comes to driving and keeping your eyes on the road. If this is your first time taking anxiety medication, it is a good idea to have someone you trust accompany you to the dentist as you become more familiar with the medication’s effects.
Some procedures that we use sedation dentistry are wisdom teeth removal, dental implant surgery, and certain tooth extractions.
If you are curious about sedation dentistry and how it can help you get through your visit, give us a call today at (662) 586-2311!