Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can help a lot of people who either have difficulty making it to the dentist or have an unpleasant experience at the dentist. You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you:
- Skip dental treatments due to anxiety or fear
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Get pain in the jaw, neck, or back
- Can’t sit still during dental appointments
- Want extensive treatments but have difficulty with long appointments
Sedation dentistry helps people with anxiety feel relaxed and comfortable at dental appointments. Dental anxiety affects most people, even if they’re unaware that anxiety is the cause of their problems. Dental anxiety can keep you from making your regular dental appointments, but it can also cause many effects that make for unpleasant dental experiences.
For many people, a sensitive gag reflex can be related to anxiety making you hyper-aware of what’s going on in your mouth. Difficulty getting numb is often caused by high levels of anxiety, which cause your body to burn through the anesthetic. If you are sore after your dental appointment, that can also be caused by dental anxiety, which makes you tense up and keep your body tense throughout your appointment. And anxiety can also make it hard for you to sit through a dental appointment. With all the above problems, you may not even be aware that they are related to anxiety–you may not even think you have anxiety.
Sedation dentistry can also help if you’re looking for a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedure. The procedure might require a long appointment, longer than you’d be comfortable sitting through. Sedation can make it possible for you to make it through the appointment.
How Oral Sedation Dentistry Works
Oral sedation is the simplest method of sedation dentistry available. After a consultation, we will prescribe you a pill to take before your dental appointment. If anxiety keeps you from sleeping the night before, we might prescribe you a second pill to take the night before.
You will have to have someone drive you to your dental appointment because the sedation should be in full effect by the time you reach our office. We will then rush you back to the operatory and perform your dental treatment.
Your sedation will be timed to allow us plenty of space for performing your treatment, so it will still be in effect when the procedure is completed. You will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. Once home, they should stay with you until sedation wears off.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a very safe procedure and appropriate for most people. During your consultation we will talk to you about the potential benefits of sedation dentistry for you. If it seems that you will benefit from sedation, we will ask about potential reasons why you should not use sedation, such as:
- Allergies to medications used
- Interactions with:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Nutritional or dietary supplements
- Respiratory conditions (including sleep apnea)
- Other health conditions
If you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, oral sedation is a very safe approach to ensuring you are able to get the dental care you need or desire.
If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 or email for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.