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When is Sedation Right for You?

Whether it’s laughing gas or general anesthesia, sedation can be very beneficial for patients who are fearful of the dentist. It can help create a calm and convenient atmosphere that allows the patient to relax while they get the treatment they need to keep their oral health in good shape. But even though sedation can alleviate a lot of problems, it’s important to understand exactly when sedation is right for you.

You should always talk to your dentist directly about this, but, in the meantime, here is some info to help you learn more about sedation dentistry.

Dental Phobias

If you or a loved one skip dental appointments out of a deep phobia of the dentist, this can really place your oral health, and overall health, in danger over time. In dentistry, any little problem you may be experiencing can usually be resolved quickly and painlessly if caught and treated early. But without those regular dental check-ups and treatments, small issues can fester and develop into much more severe problems that can magnify, requiring more extensive treatment. So the more you avoid the dentist, the greater your chances are at developing some serious issues in regards to your oral health. If you experience dental phobias, sedation could be right for you.

Sensitive Oral Nerves

Some patients may also experience more sensitivity in the nerves in their mouth. This is another common situation where sedation could be right for you. You should always talk to your dentist about any painful sensations that you experience during any treatments, evening cleanings. They can determine what the best method is for alleviating pain – including sedation.

General Anxiety Disorder

General anxiety disorder is another common situation that could require sedation therapy. This can be particularly beneficial to those with a combination of other underlying health problems such as hypertension and angina.

What Types Of Sedation Are Used?

There are three common types of sedation generally used in dentistry. The first is nitrous oxide gas, also known as laughing gas, that relaxes patients during a procedure, allows them to remain conscious, and wears off quickly. The second one involves oral sedatives, where patients take a prescribed pill an hour before an appointment, such as diazepam. This calms anxiousness while allowing patients to remain awake. The third option is IV sedation, which is commonly known as general anesthesia. This is administered directly into the bloodstream and takes immediate effect, placing patients into a deep sleep.

If you’re worried and stressed out each time you need dental treatment, talk to us at Rockcliffe Dental. We can address and answer any concerns you have and figure out the best course of action to help you get the treatment you need, stress-free.

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