Why Oral Sedation Works

We love dentistry. That isn’t a surprise, of course, since we have elected to make it our business – you should love what you do, and we love to help our patients solve their oral health problems.

With that said, we understand that not everyone shares our passion for dental work. In fact, many of our patients dread having to come to our office for an appointment. Everything from a simple cleaning on up to a complex procedure can fill patients with anxiety and even fear. We hate the fact that our valued patients have to feel so much stress as part of the process.

If you are one of the many dental patients who would rather be doing just about anything other than visiting the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry is something you should consider. In this post, we are going to highlight five benefits of using this kind of treatment. When you are done with the list, you might realize that visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be as scary as you once believed!

#1 – You Can Remain Awake

If the word ‘sedation’ makes you think that you’ll be entirely ‘knocked out’ during the dental work, that is not necessarily the case. There are various levels of sedation that can be used, depending on the patient and the work being performed. Often, it is enough to provide a moderate level of sedation. This can be enough to allow the patient to relax while the work is completed, but it does not require putting you completely to sleep. The idea here is to make you comfortable while using only as much sedation as necessary to allow for a positive experience.

#2 – Speed Up the Process

Part of the time you spend in the dentist’s office is spent on the dentist trying to make sure you are comfortable, and helping to calm you down if you get nervous or anxious. With sedation dentistry, much of that time will be saved. With the patient properly relaxed, the dentist can simply get down to work. In the end, working with a relaxed patient is generally going to save time, and it may lead to better outcomes as well.

#3 – Improve Quality of Life

One of the worst things about getting nervous for a dental appointment is the fact that it can affect your quality of life for days – or even weeks – before the appointment arrives. Once you schedule your visit, you may start to think about that visit day after day. This is especially true for people who have a fear of dental work, or for those who are going to have major work performed.

It is not necessary to allow your dental appointment to take away from your enjoyment of day to day life for days or weeks in advance. By choosing sedation dentistry, you will know in the back of your mind that you already have a plan for how to deal with your anxiety during the procedure. When you start to get nervous, you can just remind yourself that the sedation process will help to make the whole experience more enjoyable.

#4 – Have All Necessary Work Completed

Some people – perhaps yourself included – put off having necessary dental work done such as dental implants (a service that according to Coeur d'Alene Dental Center, "Dental implants allow people who are missing teeth to be able to smile, speak, and chew well and comfortably."), tooth colored fillings or periodontal treatment because they are scared of coming in to the office. Obviously, this can have negative effects on long-term oral health. If you need to have work done but you keep putting it off, the problem is not going to resolve itself and you may end up with a bigger issue down the line.

Sedation dentistry will allow you to check off all of the procedures that you need to have completed within a reasonable amount of time. You won’t have to fear your appointments anymore, and you will feel relief when all the work is done and your oral health is back on track. If you have been hiding from your dental needs for some time due to fear and anxiety, allow sedation dentistry to help you get over those fears and have the necessary work completed.

#5 – Subdue Your Gag Reflex

In some cases, the gag reflex will get in the way of proper dental work. If you have a particularly sensitive gag reflex, you may find it difficult to have dental work completed in a timely manner. That reflex could continually get in the way of the work that the dentist is trying to perform, leading to longer visits and potentially unfinished care. Nobody wants that to be the outcome of your appointment, so sedation dentistry may be able to help. When sedated, even just slightly, you should see a reduction in your gag reflex, meaning the dentist will be able to get on with the work without the interruption of repeated gagging responses.

Simply put, sedation dentistry can make the dental experience more enjoyable. We understand that many of our patients have some degree of anxiety over dental care, and we don’t want that to be the case. We think of our office as a wonderful place, where patients can come to improve their smiles and address any oral health problems they may be experiencing. Through the use of sedation dentistry, we can ‘take the edge off’ of those anxieties and allow for better oral health results when all is said and done.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, or if you would like to learn more about the services we offer, please feel free to give us a call or stop by. Our entire team would love to help you have the best dental experience of your life. Whether you need sedation dentistry or not, we are confident that you will be happy with the service you receive in our office. We look forward to serving you in our West Plains Dental office soon!