Should I Get Sedation Dentistry?

By Montefiore Medical Center
May 15, 2019

Did you know that there are many people who come to the dentist with a little bit of nerves, or even avoid seeing their dentist because of anxiety? You may even be one of those people! But, you shouldn’t ignore your teeth, even if you are a little nervous about the dentist. Often, fear takes over and impacts your mind, making you feel like things are worse than they really are. And you don’t need us to tell you that ignoring your dental health can negatively impact your overall health. Sedation during your dental visit can help nervous people have better dental appointments.

We believe that listening to your concerns and explaining what we’re doing can help you understand what is happening, feel more in control, and experience less anxiety and fear regarding your visit.

Some patients may need a little something more than just talking through it. Sedation can help patients relax and is even useful for patients who:

● Require a large amount of dental work

● Have a strong gag reflex

● Have trouble sitting still during a visit

● Have sensitive teeth

● Have a low pain tolerance

Consider the different degrees of sedation that can be available, depending on the needs of the patient and what type of procedure will be performed. Often, your dentist can discuss all of the options with you and help you find an option that will fit.

There are two types of sedation many dentists will consider:

● Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

● Anti-anxiety medication

Do not confuse pain relief with sedation, but the truth is that sedation is extremely helpful in certain dental cases. It can help subdue feelings of fear and anxiety that may bubble up during visits with the dentist and help you realize that your fear may be unfounded. And, did you know that patients who have sedation dentistry are often more confident about having dental appointments in the future? Sedation could be a great option for you if you experience anxiety before or during your dentist appointments.

Give us a call today at (888) 700-6623 to learn more about how we can help you overcome anxiety about the dentist.

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