Sedation dentistry can be a great help to those who become anxious or panicky in the dental chair. It can also be helpful to those who have an overly sensitive gag reflex, making it difficult for them to have dental work done.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Going to the dentist or the oral surgeon can be nerve-racking and even traumatic for many people. If you’ve had bad experiences with the dentist in the past, especially during your childhood, you might have developed a dental phobia that makes it very hard for you to relax while you’re in the dentist’s chair. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, this can make things even worse.
Sedation dentistry can be a big help if you have a dental phobia or a sensitive gag reflex. Using sedation helps you relax completely, removing your anxiety and relaxing the muscles in your throat that create your gag reflex. Your anxiety about your gag reflex can make it worse, too, so when you’re more relaxed overall, it’s less likely to be a problem. Ask your dentist or oral surgeon about sedation if you feel it would be helpful for you.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation does not mean general anesthesia. You will be conscious throughout your procedure. The dentist will be able to give you instructions and ask questions, and you’ll be aware and able to respond. You’ll be very relaxed, and time might seem to pass more quickly. You might even feel as if you are in a dreamlike state.
Sedation is usually accomplished with a mild sedative administered in pill form, with nitrous oxide, or with IV sedation. The effects of all three are similar, although if you take a pill it will take some time to take effect and, after you’re finished, it will take some time to wear off again. Be sure to ask what kind of sedation will be used so you’ll know whether or not you need to arrange to have a ride home. Then just sit back and relax while your dental work is taken care of.
Call our experienced oral surgery office at 703-425-5010 to learn more about your sedation dentistry options today.