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What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

Posted March 08, 2021 in Sedation Dentistry

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For some people, the thought of going to the dentist sends their heart racing and hands trembling with anxiety. 

Some are so anxious about dental procedures that they avoid the dentist at all costs. This can be harmful because if small problems go unnoticed, they can turn into major dental emergencies, requiring more money and time spent in a dental office. 

You should not let your fear of the dentist stand in the way of you getting the care and treatments you need. Thankfully, many dentists offer sedation dentistry so patients can fully relax throughout their dental procedures. Thanks to sedation dentistry, visits to the dentist are now worry and pain-free.

A girl sitting in the dental chair, looking at the dentist talking to her.

Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry? 

Everyone has different dental needs, and everyone has different reasons for “avoiding” the dentist. Sedation dentistry is beneficial for people with various dental needs and levels of nervousness.  

1. Patients With Anxiety 

People who suffer from anxiety may have trouble sitting still in a dental chair for long periods. Additionally, while you are having dental work done, you may feel like you have no control. This can be anxiety-inducing for a lot of people. 

Sedation dentistry allows people with anxiety to be asleep while having their procedure done, minimizing their anxiety and making their trip to the dentist more enjoyable. 

2. Patients Who Need Extensive Work Done 

Many patients require extensive dental work but do not have the time for multiple trips to the dentist. 

Sedation dentistry allows dentists to perform multiple procedures simultaneously, saving you time. This is especially beneficial for patients who are fearful of dental work. You get to have all your work done at once, so you do not need to keep returning to the dental office.  

3. Patients Who Fear Dental Work

We understand that many patients have a severe fear of the dentist (dentophobia). People are often afraid of the sounds, the drill, being in pain, and feeling out of control. No matter your reasons for feeling anxious and uncomfortable at the dentist, sedation dentistry can help. You deserve to feel relaxed and have the treatment you need. 

Is Sedation Dentistry Always an Option? 

Please speak with your dentist to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you. While sedation dentistry is beneficial in many circumstances, it is not always convenient. 

Since you are being put under sedation, you will need to bring someone with you to the appointment to drive you home, and you cannot return to work and other obligations immediately after.

Please read our blog on overcoming your fear of the dentist, so sedation dentistry is not always necessary. 

Interested in Learning More About Sedation Dentistry? 

If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from sedation dentistry, please call our office at (575) 524-3722 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment today.