Dr. James C. DeFinnis's Dental Blog

Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

Common Misconceptions about Sedation Dentistry

Afraid of the dentist? Rest easy—you’re far from alone.

According to Dr. Peter Milgrom of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington, between 5% and 8% of Americans skip dental visits out of fear. Of course, what happens if you forgo regular dental care is even scarier—diabetes complications, heart disease, and even premature birth are all risks you’ll face.

If you’re considering sedation dentistry as a workaround for your dental fears, though, you may be harboring concerns about this option. Worry not, these three beliefs about the procedure are nothing but misconceptions:

It’s Not Safe

Medications used for the procedure are all proven safe and effective. In fact, nitrous oxide has been safely used by dentists since the 1800s to provide mild sedation to patients. Furthermore, your doctor has to follow strict protocols to ensure your safety and comfort during the process.

I’m going to be Groggy for Days

The sedation medications administered can be tailor fitted to last for only the duration of your visit. Otherwise, IV and oral sedation will naturally wear off on its own within a few hours.

It’s only for Major Dental Procedures

Sedation is closely associated with medical operations, which is why many people think that sedation dentistry is only required for invasive dental procedures like root canals. However, it is actually helpful in a variety of situations, such as when a patient has a strong gag reflex or is extremely frightened of needles.


July 7, 2014 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Bruxism, Cavities, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, Emergency Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Missing Teeth, Office Technology, Oral Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity, White Fillings | , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: