Sedation dentistry helps you feel comfortable and relaxed at the dentist, which means you can overcome fear, a strong gag reflex, or the discomfort of holding your mouth open during dental treatment. It also means you can make one longer dental appointment to get complicated work done in a single, convenient visit, rather than spacing work out over multiple visits that may be harder on your schedule.
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can help many people who have been avoiding dental appointments for many reasons. It can help you if you suffer from:
Fear or anxiety before dental visits
Difficulty getting numb—often a result of anxiety
Discomfort in the dentist’s chair
Discomfort from holding your mouth open
A strong gag reflex that makes dental treatment uncomfortable
A desire to get complicated dentistry completed in a single visit
With sedation dentistry, you can get the dental treatment you’ve been putting off for so long, whether it’s a routine dental hygiene visit or a complicated cosmetic dentistry procedure.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry is a very simple procedure. Sometimes people confusingly call sedation dentistry “sleep dentistry,” but you are not asleep, you are actually conscious and will be able to respond to instructions during treatment, but won’t likely remember most of your visit.
You will need someone to drive you to your dental appointment and pick you up. You may be a little groggy for a while afterward, but otherwise there are no lasting effects of sedation dentistry. With the exception of people who are allergic to the medication or have underlying health conditions, sedation dentistry is completely safe.