The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental work, in some circumstances, can be strenuous, time-consuming and uncomfortable. Often, complicated procedures could take several appointments, and your dentist does not want to cause you undue stress. What if you could be totally relaxed and, just as an example, have all your wisdom teeth extracted in a single visit instead of having to come back? It’s less time in the chair, less expensive, and far less stressful, that’s a fact.
Or let us say that you have a very strong gag reflex, or you are resistant to local anesthetic. It can be difficult to get the work that you need completed in just one visit. And then, of course, there is the matter of fear. If you ask a fearful patient if they would prefer to have the work done in a single visit, or over several appointments, they will usually look at you as if you are out of your mind and say, “Well, ONE.” And with sedation dentistry, it is possible. It does not mean you are cowardly. It means you know your limitations, and you are being sensible.
In the final analysis, you are the person who determines your comfort level, not the dentist. And if you feel that sedation would make your dental experience more bearable, just tell us. Don’t fall for any misconceptions you have heard about sedation dentistry.
The type of sedation you have probably heard about most often is nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas. It is something of a misnomer because you are not going to laugh uncontrollably, or even get a case of the giggles. You will simply be very relaxed. You will be alert, and you will know exactly what is going on, but you won’t be troubled by it. For this reason, nitrous oxide is known as conscious sedation.
Oral sedation is another type of conscious sedation. With oral conscious sedation, your dentist provides you with a pill that relaxes you. This is highly beneficial for patients who are “needle phobic,” so they are relaxed to the point where they no longer fear the needle, and the dentist is able to work on them for longer periods of time. Another benefit to oral sedation is that because the sedation remains in the patient’s system for some time after the treatment, the likelihood of post-treatment pain is dramatically reduced.
Following sedation dentistry, you may not even remember the time spent in the chair. If you feel you might be a good candidate, give our dentist practice a call.
If you are apprehensive about dental treatment, sedation dentistry can help. If you feel you are a patient who could benefit from sedation dentistry, call our dentist, Dr. Headley in Overland Park at 913-491-6874 to learn more about the benefits, or request a consultation using the form on our Contact Us page. For any unanswered questions, read our FAQs page or take our quiz to test your knowledge!