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No Need to Live in Fear of Your Dentist
Written By : Wayne Sutton, DDS 
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Sedation dentistry is a great way to receive the attention and care that your teeth need in order to keep them in their best condition. Patients that fear the idea of visiting the dentist to have a routine checkup or other procedures are discovering the many benefits of sedation dentistry. These dental techniques are allowing them to move forward with much-needed dental procedures without the stress and worry that they normally face. Sedatives provide patients with the opportunity to remain calm and to have little to no pain during a procedure.

How Sedation Dentistry is Achieved

There are three common methods of sedation dentistry that are used, which are:

  • Inhalation Sedation (gas)
  • Oral Conscious Sedation (pill)
  • IV Sedation (intravenous)

These dental techniques can provide the relaxing, ambient atmosphere that a patient requires in order to feel comfortable with a dental procedure. Patients are not completely unconscious, as is characteristic of general anesthesia; they continue to have the ability to respond and understand what is going on around them.

Types of Procedures It Can Be Used For

Sedation dentistry can be applied to numerous dental procedures, including:

  • Veneers
  • Smile Makeover
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Crowns
  • Dentures
  • X-rays
  • Routine Checkup
  • and many others

Although some of these procedures do not involve pain, sedation dentistry is still a viable option to simply feel more relaxed and at ease. It promotes healthier teeth, as patients are more likely to make appointments for follow ups and to eliminate oral health concerns.

The Benefits

There are very few side effects with sedation. Many patients use it because it is affordable, easy to apply and safe. They are also able to avoid some of the risks and complications that are associated with general anesthesia such as: vomiting, nausea, swelling, sore throat, hypertension, tachycardia or stroke.

How to Prepare for Sedation Dentistry

When you have your initial consultation with your dentist, they will ascertain any existing medical conditions and your particular needs. A dentist may prescribe a sedative to take the night before your procedure, so that you can begin to feel calm and to allow you to have a good night's sleep. Your dentist will provide you with a full list of guidelines and recommendations concerning your diet intake the night before the procedure.

You will need to be accompanied by a friend or family member for your appointment so that they can drive you home. The chosen form of sedation dentistry is administered prior to the dental procedure so that its positive effects can be properly initiated. Once your office visit is complete, you can be driven home where the sedation effects will wear off. You can then go about your daily tasks.

Sedation dentistry affords patients with the chance to get the oral care that they need. Contact your local dentist today to find out more information.

Dr. Wayne Sutton is one of a select group of cosmetic dentist to be recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe - Mrs. USA Pageants. His lifetime goal is to become one of the premier cosmetic dentists in the world by constantly critiquing his own work in an honest and analytical manner. He believes that beauty of the fine arts can be applied to aesthetics in smile design. It is to this end that he continually strives in a singular purpose.

 
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