Sedation dentistry is an extremely helpful technique for those who experience anxiety related to dental visits. Dental anxiety is very common, and leads many people to avoid the dentist entirely. It is most commonly used during restoration procedures, but can also help you remain comfortable during certain types of cosmetic dentistry work.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Sedation
Not all forms of cosmetic dentistry require anesthesia. For example, teeth whitening does not create any discomfort, and so doesn’t require local anesthetic or sedation. Some types of cosmetic veneers can also be placed without anesthesia. This depends upon the thickness of the veneer and how much preparation is required to make room for them on the tooth.
Other cosmetic procedures, though, do require anesthesia. If you wish, and if your cosmetic dentist provides sedation, it could help you remain calm and anxiety-free during your procedure. Examples of cosmetic procedures that require anesthesia include:
- Gum contouring
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Crown lengthening
These can usually be performed under local anesthetic, but the addition of sedation can make them much more comfortable and can reduce your overall anxiety about being in the dentist’s chair. Gum contouring and crown lengthening, in particular, are forms of oral surgery, making sedation a popular option. Placing dental implants can also be done under sedation, although more extensive implant procedures might require general anesthetic.
Advantages of Sedation
If you’re undergoing restoration procedures such as fillings or crowns, or if you require oral surgery, sedation can make the procedure much easier and much more comfortable. Sedation does not induce complete unconsciousness but rather induces a state of complete calm and relaxation. You’ll still be able to talk, respond to questions, and follow any directions your dentist or oral surgeon might provide. Your perception of time is distorted and it seems to pass more quickly.
Overall, sedation can help you be much more comfortable during your cosmetic dentistry procedures. You’ll be free of anxiety and stress, and in the long run, you’ll have a perfect smile. Call us today to set up a consultation at one of our convenient offices!