When patients think of sedation in the dental office, they tend to think of “laughing gas.” In some offices they do use the application that uses this nickname; however, in many offices, they offer more than just “gas” to help you feel relaxed and calm during a dental procedure. At American Dental Excellence, we strive to create a comfortable, friendly environment for all of our patients. If you’re a patient who feels anxious, has a gag reflex, or can’t bear the thought of having dental work done on you, you may benefit from sedation.
In this post, we’ll share the benefits of sedation in dentistry for patients.
The five benefits of sedation for patients
Do you have a sensitive gag reflex?
In most offices, if a patient has a sensitive gag reflex they sedate the patient for their procedure or treatment. A gag reflex is a common hurdle most people deal with when they visit the dentist. Instead of the patient gagging, choking, or feel like they’re suffocating, they can be sedated to get through their appointment in a comfortable, relaxed state.
Do you have a fear of needles?
Some patients do not like needles. If pain will be an issue during a dental procedure, local anesthetic is required to keep the patient calm and relaxed. Unfortunately, the fear of needles proves injection difficult. In these cases, sedation allows for the patient to get the work they need completed without confronting their fear of needles.
Do you need more than one procedure?
Sedation in dentistry allows for dentists to complete more than one procedure in a single visit. Patients who need more than one treatment may be able to receive needed care in one visit if sedated.
Are you sensitive to sounds, smells, tastes or sights?
In addition to a gag reflex, the smell of something may cause a reaction. So can the sound, taste, or sight of a dental instrument, mucus, blood, or otherwise—if any of those words made you flinch, you may want to discuss sedation with your Westminster dentist for your procedure. Nonetheless, if you have sensitivities to dental care, discuss them with your dentist. Sedation dentistry may be the perfect fit for you and your oral health treatments.
Did you have a negative dental experience?
With most sedation techniques used in the dental office, the patient has little to no memory of the procedure. This means that fear-inducing anxiety, nervousness, or trauma is reduced significantly for those who are frightened about visiting the dental office. Furthermore, the thought of the procedure during recovery is reduced, which also reduces stress. Finally, those who’ve experienced traumatic dental experiences in the past may be apprehensive about giving another dentist the chance to treat their oral needs. Sedation offers this patient a chance to get the care they need with little resistance.
Your Westminster dentist wants you to relax
After years of treating patients with gag reflexes, fear of needles, or a general discomfort with dental offices, American Dental Excellence utilizes sedation at their office to calm down and comfort patients. If you’re scared of the dentist, we can help. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment, and we’ll discuss how we can help you through the experience with sedation.