Traditionally, dentists will use injections into the gums to control pain during many dental procedures. This approach to pain control is highly effective in controlling pain and discomfort during and immediately after the procedure. Now many dentists are offering sedation as an option when undergoing a dental procedure. Know as sedation dentistry, this option has a number of benefits over the traditional methods to control pain and discomfort during the procedure.
One of the biggest benefits of sedation dentistry is that it is highly effective in reducing the fear and anxiety that some patients experience during any dental procedure, even if traditional methods make the procedure virtually painless. In sedation dentistry, the dentist will use several drugs and gases, to completely relax the patient during the procedure. In many cases the patient will be semi-conscious during the procedures and will have little memory of what happened.
Another benefit of sedation dentistry is that it often allows the dentist to complete multiple procedures in a single visit. Often, people with a fear of the dentist choose not to undergo regular checkups and preventative procedures. As a result, they often require multiple procedures to correct problems and get their oral health issues taken care of. The ability to be able to correct multiple problems in a single visit saves the patient a great deal of time, by reducing the number of dental visits.
Often people ask the question, “Is sedation dentistry right for me?” While ultimately this is a decision between you and your doctor, sedation is an excellent option for those patients that have a fear of the dentist and dental procedures and those who need multiple procedures done in as few dental appointments as possible.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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