Sedation dentistry isn’t just for complex procedures that require anesthesia; it’s a valuable tool in many dentists’ arsenals as an option for a variety of patients. Learn more about how sedation can help support good oral health by making it easier for many patients to get treatment.
Sedation Dentistry for Anxiety and Phobias
When the thought of visiting the dentist for a routine cleaning makes you quake with fear, sedation dentistry may be the answer. Medications administered by your dentist, by mouth or intravenously, can help patients with severe anxiety or dental phobias to relax. This, in turn, allows them to get the treatment they may otherwise avoid. Dental care phobias are a relatively common reason patients avoid care altogether, which isn’t good for oral or emotional health. Working with a dentist who understands these fears and knows how to work around them can make all the difference for these patients.
Sedation Dentistry for Painful or Complex Procedures
Even if you’re not anxious in the dentist’s chair, long, complex and potentially painful procedures are sometimes completed under light to moderate sedation for the patient’s comfort. If you have very sensitive teeth or a low pain threshold, sedation dentistry may be your best option.
Children and Sedation Dentistry
Sometimes kids simply can’t sit still during a dental procedure, or they’re entirely uncooperative. In such cases, light sedation in a controlled setting is safe and can promote better oral health in young children.
Do you or your child need dental care you’ve been avoiding? Call us today at Porter Smiles Dental and find out if sedation dentistry is right for you.