Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry refers to the use of medical sedatives to help certain patients achieve a relaxed state when undergoing dental treatment. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, nearly one third of the American public avoids regular dental care due to fear or anxiety. By offering sedation dentistry, Lynn Dental Care prevents those who suffer from dental care apprehension from compromising their dental and oral health.
The use of sedative medication in dental procedures can help a patient to remain calm and comfortable. Some procedures require patients to hold their mouths wide open for long periods of time. This can be difficult for patients suffering from TMJ or other jaw issues. However, some forms of dental sedation can increase a patient’s pain threshold to make this, and other procedural requirements, comfortable with little to no local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry also makes dental procedures safer for individuals with mental conditions which can make cooperation difficult.
Many dentists state they are able to provide better quality treatment in sedation dentistry. This is largely due to increased movement and gag reflex control of patients who choose to undergo sedation. For patients with anxiety or sensitive gag reflex, there is a risk of experiencing the urge to choke or vomit during many dental procedures. Similarly, patients with certain medical conditions which affect their mobility control are good candidates for this form of dentistry. Unexpected and uncontrolled movement by the patient can make any dental procedure dangerous; however, sedation dentistry makes it easier for patients to remain calm and still. When dentists do not have the distraction of abrupt movements or gagging, they are able to give the best possible dental care to the most people.
The benefits of sedation dentistry continue even once the procedure is over. Often patients who undergo long operations experience extreme post-operative fatigue; however, the use of sedatives can help to relieve this tired feeling. Sedation also relieves some memory of the procedure. The procedure may have lasted for several hours, but patients who have been sedated will remember minimal details and feel that it only lasted a few minutes. Many patients with dental anxiety will be more comfortable knowing they will have little to no memory of the procedure.
Sedation dentistry is also very helpful for patients with a tight schedule or budget. Sedation makes it easier for patients to undergo, and dentists to perform, lengthy procedures. This means that complex or multiple procedures that would normally need to be completed over a series of appointments can be completed in fewer appointments, occasionally even a single appointment. Although sedation dentistry does have an added cost as compared to traditional dentistry, the money that you save with fewer individual appointments may make sedation dentistry the cheaper option.
At Lynn Dental Care, extending our quality dental care to as many people as possible is one of our primary goals. We provide sedation dentistry to make caring for your mouth and smile as manageable and pleasant as we can.