As important as teeth are to a person’s health, and how much a beautiful smile impacts appearance, many people avoid going to the dentist. Anxiety over procedures or a sensitive gag-reflex are a few reasons some people do not get the dental care they need. Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for those who may neglect their oral health due to dental anxiety, offering a comfortable experience during procedures. Here are four of the best things about sedation dentistry and how it can help you or a family member get the dental care needed for a healthy, beautiful smile.
No Fear or Anxiety
If dental appointments make you tense or full of anxiety, sedation dentistry can put you at ease. Even if you have a true fear of the dentist, there are oral options you can take before your appointment to help you feel calm and relaxed. You can be prescribed oral medications before your dental procedure that can relax you before and during your appointment, helping to quell your anxiety.
Sedation Dentistry Can Help with a Sensitive Gag Reflex
Many people are uncomfortable during dental procedures because of a sensitive gag reflex. Even a slight touch of a dental instrument toward the back of the mouth can cause them to gag. The relaxing effect of sedation dentistry can help minimize a gag reflex to improve the comfort for the patient and to help ensure procedures go quickly.
Times Flies When You are Relaxed
Whether you take a pill or breathe in nitrous oxide, sedation dentistry can make the time spent in the dental chair fly by. Even longer, more invasive procedures can seem short and simple when you are in a calm, relaxed state. Many people who once avoided the dentist can enjoy their visits when sedation dentistry is an option.
Sedation Dentistry is Safe
Options like oral medications and nitrous oxide used in sedation dentistry are extremely safe. Nitrous oxide is safe enough that even children can use this form of sedation. While oral medications can make you feel overly relaxed, requiring someone else to drive you to and from your appointment, nitrous oxide effects wear off quickly once you stop inhaling the gas. This gives you options to fit your needs if you prefer sedation during your dental procedures.
At Sair Dental Group, we want all our patients to have a pleasant experience while we care for their smiles. We offer sedation dentistry in oral or gas form at our clinic. Ask about the options available when you come in for your next checkup.