Facts About Sedation Dentistry

Facts About Sedation Dentistry

For those of our patients that suffer from dental phobia, sedation dentistry is an excellent option for getting the dental treatment you need. Sedation dentistry has slowly but surely been gaining popularity in order to help patients that feel severe anxiety about their trip to the dentist calm down.

If you aren’t very familiar with sedation dentistry, we’re going to take a look at some facts that you should know.

Fact: There Are Different Levels of Sedation Dentistry Available

There are in fact different levels of sedation dentistry available according to the patient’s needs. There’s minimal sedation that can be administered through a mask placed over your nose. There are other sedation options available such as oral sedation, and intravenous sedation. Both options may cause you to doze off during the dental procedure, and wake up when it is all over.

Fact: Sedation Dentistry Has Been Around for Many Years

Although there have been several advancements in sedation dentistry in most recent years, laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, used in dentistry can be traced all the way back to the 19th century.

Fact: Sedation Dentistry Is Useful for More Than Just Anxiety about the Dentist

Sedation dentistry is not only for calming feelings of anxiousness; rather it has other uses at the dentist as well that include:

  • Patients that are undergoing several extensive treatments at one time
  • Patients with a sensitive gag reflex
  • Patients that have trouble sitting still
  • Young patients that may be unable to cooperate

Fact: Sedation Dentistry Is Safe

When using sedation dentistry, dentists are continually monitoring their patients. A thorough check of the patient’s medical history is also done before recommending any type of sedation dentistry.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

If you have any more questions about sedation dentistry, feel free to contact us at Gentling Smiles in Shoreline, WA. We provide the surrounding community with great options in sedation dentistry and other types of dentistry as well. We are eager to meet you and would love to see you in our office.

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