Does the thought of a trip to the dentist make you feel nervous? You’re not alone. Around 70% of people have anxiety about dental care; in fact, surveys have shown at least 20% of the population is so on edge about dental treatments that they simply don’t go to the dentist. You don’t have to put your oral health at risk by avoiding dental care. Modern dental technology allows your dentist to offer you virtually pain-free treatment, but if you can’t overcome your anxiousness, sedation can make your visit more comfortable. At Sanford Dental Excellence, we offer both IV and oral sedation dentistry. Here’s what you need to know about dental sedation:
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
By using sedation, your dentist can perform a range of services, from cleanings to more invasive surgical procedures, while you are completely relaxed. While under sedation, you will be able to respond to requests from your dentist and you will remain conscious. However, you will be in a state of deep relaxation and may not even remember treatment.
What Are Your Sedation Options?
Your dentist can choose IV or oral sedation, depending on your medical history and the procedure. With IV sedation, sedatives are delivered intravenously while your vital signs are monitored. You will be relaxed but conscious. The sedatives used in the IV tend to produce amnesia during the period of treatment, so you’re unlikely to remember your dental care.
With oral sedation, you will take a sedative in pill form. You will feel sleepy but will not become unconscious.
What Are The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is hugely beneficial to anyone who has been avoiding dental care because of anxiety. Sedation makes treatment completely comfortable. This option is also great for people with sensitive gag reflexes or chronic jaw soreness that makes dental care uncomfortable.
At Sanford Dental Excellence, we will evaluate your medical history and discuss your dental anxieties with you to determine the best sedation options for your care. Don’t let fear keep you away from the dentist. We’re committed to your comfort, so let us help you get your dental health on track. Call us at (407) 320-1700 to schedule an appointment today.