Does fear or anxiety keep you away from regularly visiting your dentist? You are not alone! Many people do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because of fear or dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry safely offers an anxiety-free dental experience to those who fear the dentist.
Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but the sedatives used work only to calm anxiety during the dental visit.
One of the greatest advantages of sedation dentistry is most sedatives can be taken by mouth! This reduces the need for injections, while alleviating anxiety and preventing pain. Most sedatives work by reducing the memories of the experience. Smells, sounds, and other details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterwards.
When using sedatives to aid with the comfort of dental visits, a caregiver for transportation and care after the appointment is often necessary.
If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please ask your dentist.