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While dentists can perform the most common dental procedures without the need for sedation, some complicated procedures require it. Dentists will also use it for patients who experience severe dental anxiety.
Dental procedures are not something that should cause you fear, but for some people the anxiety can be too much. At Crescent Heights, we work hard to ensure that all our patients feel relaxed and calm when undergoing any of our treatments with sedation dentistry.
Sedation eliminates nearly all discomfort. For those with low pain tolerances or severe anxiety, it may be the only way to make it through complicated operations.
Using sedation may help you to reduce your fears related to dentistry so you can stop postponing appointments due to anxiety. Getting the procedures you need right away will improve your overall oral health. Sedation is a medical practice that can truly help you to relax.
Using a sedative allows dentists to be more efficient too. If you were to be awake for three procedures in a row, this might be extremely difficult for you to be comfortable with if you have anxiety. However, if you were sedated, the dentist could perform multiple procedures without you even knowing.
Most people feel nervous about using sedation because they don’t know what to expect. Usually, once your dentist has administered the sedative, you will begin to feel relaxed. Depending on the level of sedative you are given, you will either be awake but groggy, or you will sleep throughout the procedure.
When dentists use these techniques, they require that you bring a family member or friend to watch over you. Dentists ask this because the effects of the sedation may take a few hours to wear off. You likely will be unable to drive or operate heavy machinery until the sedation has fully worn off. However, the dentist will go over all the recommendations with you before your operation.
There are three main types of this treatment, and one will be used depending on how complicated the procedure is. The oral version is the simplest and most common, while dentists only use general anesthesia for complex cases.
We will be happy to speak with you further to determine which form of sedation will work best for you. Contact us today for a consultation. We’ll help you feel confident in your choice.