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By Dwight D. Peccora, DDS on

Many people have a false perception of sedation dentistry. You may think sedation dentistry means being put to sleep, or you may assume this service is only available to patients undergoing a lengthy or invasive procedure. The truth is; sedation dentistry can be used for any patient that would otherwise avoid going to the dentist due to discomfort, fear or anxiety.

If you are fearful or anxious about going to the dentist, you are not alone. A significant number of adults avoid or delay dental care due to dental phobia or dental anxiety. Your anxiety surrounding dental care can present itself in many different ways. You may have sweaty palms in the waiting room or a paralyzing fear that keeps you from ever walking in a dental office. Regardless of your level of fear or anxiety, sedation dentistry can be your answer to a stress-free dental visit.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Before we discuss what sedation dentistry is, let’s learn what sedation dentistry is not. Sedation dentistry does not mean that you will be “put under” or put to sleep. It is not limited to adults or patients with a disability. Sedation dentistry is also not just for major dental procedures. Instead, sedation dentistry is a safe, easy and highly effective means to help anxious or fearful patients relax in the dental chair, regardless of what you are having done. Sedation dentistry can even be used for routine cleanings! Nitrous oxide is a form of dental sedation that can allow you to drive yourself home and carry on your daily activities after your appointment.

Reasons to Get Sedation Dentistry

There is not a standard list qualifications that you must meet in order to receive sedation dentistry. In general, it is safe and effective for most individuals. Here are some common reasons why patients feel stressed during dental visits and ask for sedation dentistry:

  • Afraid of pain
  • Fear of needles
  • Aversion to sights, smell or sounds of dental office
  • Bad memories, or traumatic dental experience in the past
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Severe gag reflex

Do you think you could personally benefit from sedation dentistry at your next dental appointment? Please let us know. At Fort Bend Dental, we proudly offer three levels of sedation to meet the unique needs of each patient, including oral sedation (pills), nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and IV sedation.

Posted on behalf of Fort Bend Dental

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