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The Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

2Going to the dentist can be a stressful event for both children and adults. In fact, many people end up with serious dental problems that are caused by a lack of routine maintenance. If you fear going to the dentist, you may want to consider sedation dentistry as a way to put you at ease during your visit.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

With sedation dentistry, patients receive a dose of a sedative. This puts them in a semi-conscious state, where they are relaxed and are able to answer the commands of the dentist, but are also less likely to remember the procedure. It is very similar to the sedatives patients receive when undergoing procedures such as root canals, but is also given for more routine treatments such as deep cleanings.

Types of Sedation Methods Used

There is a wide range of sedation methods used to assist patients in feeling comfortable during their dental visits. Patients with mild fears might inhale nitrous oxide or take a pill. Patients with more severe anxieties about the dentist may require more extensive sedation methods, such as intravenous injection or general anesthesia.

Ideal Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

A surprising number of adults and children can benefit from receiving a sedative during their dental visit. This can include people with low pain thresholds, have sensitive teeth, or who suffered from a severe gag reflex which can be triggered by dental procedures. Patients can also benefit if they will require extensive dental work.

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June 4, 2015 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , ,

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