Dental Tips Blog

Mar
14

Is Dental Sedation Right For You?

Regular visits to your dentist are important, not just for a healthy, beautiful smile – but as part of your overall health. For some, a much needed dental appointment causes feelings of anxiety that prevent them from enjoying optimal dental care. If the idea of sitting in the dental chair makes your nervous, your dentist can help with dental sedation.

What Is Dental Sedation?

Depending on the level of your anxiety and the nature of your dental procedure, your dentist may offer a variety of sedation techniques. Mild sedation can give you a sense of calm by simply taking a pill prior to your appointment. If more sedation is needed, an additional dose or nitrous oxide gas can be administered to put you at ease. For the deepest sedation needs, intravenous sedatives can be given so you can peacefully sleep through your dental treatment.

Plan Ahead

For the average person, dental sedation is a wonderful aid to achieving a peaceful, positive dental experience. Keep these things in mind when discussing sedation with your dentist:

  • Do you have any health complications that should be considered? If you suffer from sleep apnea, asthma, recent hospitalization, heart issues or other chronic concerns, your dentist needs to know. It’s important that your dentist understands your complete medical history, prior to sedation.
  • Are you taking any medications? Some medications, including prescriptions, over the counter medicines, vitamins and supplements, can interfere with dental sedation. Be sure your dentist is aware of any medications you’re currently taking.
  • Plan ahead! After your procedure, you may be unable to operate your vehicle. Bring a friend to take you safely home.

Don’t let anxiety keep you from a beautiful, healthy smile. Speak to your dentist today to see if sedation is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

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