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Relax – Sedation Dentistry is What You’ve Been Waiting For

Do you get nervous when it comes to making a trip to the dentist? Regardless of what the visit is for, many people find themselves getting “white coat syndrome” as soon as they walk through the front door. Their blood pressure goes up, they feel uneasy, and may even tend to feel jumpy when they have a dentist looking around their mouth. Some people feel anxiety but just suppress it because they are embarrassed.

If you feel nervous – you are not alone. Many people truly dislike having dental treatment due to a previous experience of because their teeth are causing them discomfort already. That’s when sedation dentistry comes into play. Almost every patient is a candidate for sedation dentistry, and it’s a great option when you’re uncomfortable sitting through a dental appointment.

Sedation dentistry is typically used for circumstances like:

  • Completing large amounts of treatment in one visit
  • Patients who want to tune out what is going on during their treatment
  • People who feel nervous about going to the dentist
  • Instances where maximum comfort is a concern

The types of sedation dentistry available will vary from office to office, but the 3 main types of sedation include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. All 3 treatments have different advantages that make them better for certain types of patients. What’s right for you might not be the best option for someone else. The best way to find out about the sedation dentistry options available to you is to talk with your dentist and let them know your primary comfort concerns. Your dentist is committed to your comfort, and you’ll be glad that you asked!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates


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