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Are There Any Alternatives to Dental Sedation?

Like many others, you’re worried about the potential risks or side-effects associated with dental sedation. That’s why you’re interested in sedation-free dental treatment.

What are your options?

Pass on the Sedation

For one thing, dental sedation is rarely required. Any dental procedure can be completed under local anesthesia (numbing injection). You may only have to be “put under” for something major like jaw surgery.

The purpose of dental sedation is to ease anxiety and help you sit through treatment comfortably. If you feel you can tolerate a dental procedure while remaining fully alert, then that’s perfectly fine.

But what if you are anxious about dental treatment and want a drug-free alternative to help relax you?

Here are a few things you can try.

Talk It Out

Verbalizing your concerns to the dentist and hearing words of reassurance may be enough to put you at ease in the dental chair.


Lavender, lemon, and Ylang-Ylang are good scents for soothing stressed nerves. Apply a couple drops of essential oil to your wrist or chest.


A massage prior to your dental appointment can help relax you enough to snooze through treatment. Or, you may schedule it for afterwards as a reward to yourself.


Use headphones to listen to distracting or soothing tunes during your procedure.

Is Sedation Dangerous?

Dental sedation does carry some inherent risks. But the chances of something going wrong are extremely slim when a trained and experienced professional administers the medication. Also, you have a few options to choose from when it comes to sedation methods; they’re not all the same.

To learn more about safe dental sedation and other relaxation alternatives, contact a sedation dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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