Sedation Dentistry: An Overview
Sedation dentistry, or the use of medication to help patients relax, is often a solution we offer to our patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is any mental stress that patients experience when they visit the dentist. Our team at Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry understands that there are many reasons for experiencing fear or anxiety over a dental visit. We want to make the process as painless and stress-free for you as possible. Whatever the reason for your dental anxiety is, Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry strives to work through this issue with you and create a positive environment that encourages good oral health practices.
Sedation dentistry offers several benefits to patients, including:
- Reduced gag reflex
- Ability to sit still for long periods of time
- Faster, multiple procedures during one visit
- More comfortable, pleasant experience
- Relief from pain or discomfort
These benefits are key to helping us encourage our patients to continue making appointments and staying consistent with their dental health plan. Avoiding going to the dentist has a huge impact on the wellness of your dental health and oral hygiene. It can result in preventable issues turning into permanent tooth damage or loss. Dr. Wingate and the Garner Family and Cosmetic team are able to use dental sedation practices on any procedure, from our general dentistry services to dental implants. With this in mind, if you are experiencing dental anxiety or fear of the dentists, we have the solutions to assist you with these issues.
Oral Sedation: What To Expect
In addition to standard laughing gas, or a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that you breathe in through a mask during your procedure, we also offer oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation is a prescribed pill that typically includes an at-home dose to ensure you are completely relaxed at the time of your scheduled appointment. Fearful children can be considered for this level of sedation on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the level of sedation required throughout your procedure, you may need to arrange an escort to and from our office for your safety.
Oral conscious sedation allows patients to be alert and responsive during treatment while also feeling relaxed and stress-free. Some of our patients are so relaxed due to sedation that they fall asleep during their procedure or do not remember the procedure afterward. When planning your day, remember that it may take time for the sedative to wear off following your dental procedure.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are unsure if sedation dentistry practices are best for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wingate. During this consultation, you will have the chance to discuss the benefits of sedation dentistry and any concerns that you have with Dr. Wingate. She can also provide you with a thorough explanation of any potential procedures you may need so that you are fully informed when it comes to your dental healthcare plan. Don’t risk putting off your dental health due to dental anxiety. We are here for you!