Most people can recall at least one time in their life when they were nervous about going to the dentist. Anxiety can become overwhelming when you face reconstructive dental work or aggressive cleaning procedures to fight periodontal disease. Dentists are beginning to help their patients overcome their anxiety by practicing sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of dentists providing anxiety-reducing medications for patients who experience fear of anything from a simple checkup, to cavities. In the past, dental patients were only sedated for dental surgeries. Dentists are now making an effort to make their patients feel at ease before and during procedures.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry Include:
- Reduced Anxiety – Safe sedatives are provided to keep patients calm before and during procedures.
- Save Time – In some situations, simple procedures may take longer than needed because a patient is uncomfortable or nervous. A sedative keeps you calm so your dentist can work quickly and effectively.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Your dentist will carefully evaluate your overall health and read your medical records to make sure that you are in a healthy condition to be treated with a sedative. Sedation uses gaseous or oral sedatives such as benzodiazepines which have been found to be safe when administered properly.
Keep in Mind:
Sedation dentistry uses mild to powerful sedatives which are likely to impair your ability to drive safely. Ask a relative or friend to provide transportation to and from your appointments when your dentist is going to administer a sedative for your visit.