When we think about oral sedation dentistry, most of us picture people who are afraid of dentists or have a lot of dental anxiety. While these patients are the primary users of oral sedation in our practice, there are other reasons people choose sedation that might surprise you.
Oral sedation dentistry may be a good option if:
You have a lot of treatment to get done – with sedation dentistry we can often get all of your treatment completed in one visit, making your dental care easy and convenient. Many people choose this option so they can take just one day off work and not have to come in for several visits. It is also an excellent choice for people who are very busy, need treatment completed quickly, or travel a lot.
You have a strong gag reflex – for some patients even the simplest dental procedure can become an ordeal. Oral sedation dentistry is an effective solution for people who gag easily or have trouble holding their mouth open.
Your dental treatment is complex or will require long appointments – in some cases, being able to have the longer visits sedation makes possible will allow your dentist to provide the best possible treatment for your situation.
Your teeth have a history of being difficult to numb – some dental patients require more local anesthesia than others and there are also times when teeth don’t get numb at all. Larger amounts of local anesthesia, especially with epinephrine, can give patients headaches or jitters after their treatment and there are limits as to how much can be given safely. Oral sedation dentistry allows these patients to have the treatment they need without being concerned about their teeth getting numb.
Sitting in a dental chair is uncomfortable for you – if you have back or neck issues that make your dental visits hard on you, oral sedation can help make them easier.
The next time you or someone you love needs to have dental work, remember that oral sedation is an option that can save time and help you be more comfortable during the process. You simply take a pill and your dentist does the rest.
One word of caution – be sure that the dentist you choose for oral sedation dentistry has the required advanced credentials and training.
If you are in the Knoxville area and curious about how sedation might help you, give us a call: (865) 922-1613
If you are not in our area, here is a resource for finding a certified oral sedation dentist near you: http://www.sedationcare.com/