The Myths Surrounding Sedation Dentistry
Before you let nerves take over, let sedation dentistry give you a stress-free dental visit.
Millions of people have such a fear of the dentist that the thought of even stepping into the office makes them quiver. For many, this fear is enough to keep them from their much-needed checkups, causing patients to wait years before ever seeking treatment. However, the price you pay for not seeing your dentist can often lead to exorbitant bills and serious dental problems. It might seem like a we have a magic potion for getting our otherwise nervous patients completely relaxed during their visit, but really we’re just lucky to be able to offer sedation dentistry (which is almost as good as a magic potion).
However, if you’ve heard of sedation dentistry, chances are you’ve heard some misinformation about it, as well. We want to clear these misconceptions up for you so you know exactly what you’re getting when you come in for sedation dentistry.
Myth: Sedation dentistry is only used for surgical procedures.
Truth: While it’s true that we use sedation dentistry for different surgical procedures, it’s not exclusive to surgery. In fact, sedation dentistry is often used on many non-invasive and nonsurgical dental procedures. And while it’s a bit more rare, we may even use sedation dentistry for regular cleanings and dental examinations if the patient is extremely anxious. After all, we want to make your visit here as easy and comfortable as possible!
Myth: Sedation dentistry is only for those with dental phobias or serious anxiety.
Truth: While we mention dental phobias a lot in this post (because there’s approximately 30-40 million people who have some form of dental anxiety), sedation dentistry isn’t just used to calm nerves. Sedation dentistry can make visits easier for those who have difficulty remaining in one position for long periods of time, for those who require several procedures, for patients with sensitive gag reflexes, and for those with special needs. Yes, sedation is definitely a great tool for those who are fearful, but it can also help a host of other patients have a better dental experience.
Myth: Sedation dentistry puts you to sleep.
Truth: This doesn’t have to be the case. While some sedation will definitely put you to sleep, we use conscious sedation through the use of oral medication or nitrous oxide (better known as “laughing gas”). These sedation options will definitely make you feel drowsy, but you won’t actually be asleep. In fact, you’ll still be able to answer questions and respond to directions we give you; but you’ll just feel relaxed while doing it. Since nitrous oxide makes you less sleepy than other forms of sedation (so you can drive yourself home afterwards), many patients opt for this.
Whether you’re nervous about your upcoming appointment or you’re having a rather intensive dental procedure, ask us about how sedation dentistry could make your life a whole lot easier. Our goal is to not only make your smile beautiful but also to keep you happy.