Most Americans don’t exactly look forward to the next trip to the dentist, even just for routine cleanings, but except for those who suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety, most patients tolerate a single dental procedure reasonably comfortably and go home with the satisfaction that it will be awhile before they need to sit in the dental chair again.
However, some patients need extensive dental work that cannot be comfortably completed in one dental appointment. Maybe they put off their dental work a little too long, or their dental issues all appeared at about the same time, or the procedure is simply very complex and will take a long time for the dentist to complete the work.
Whatever the reason, these patients need two or more dental appointments for all of the necessary work to be performed. That means going through the whole process two, three or more times: taking time off work, sitting in the waiting room, getting injected with novocaine, enduring the procedure, and waiting for the novocaine to wear off.
Sedation dentistry offers a better alternative for dental patients who need extensive work. Dentists who practice sleep and sedation dentistry use various levels of sedation to allow a patient to have all of their dental work completed in a single appointment. Depending on the procedure and the needs of the patient, the dentist may put the patient into a mild, sleepy state or into a deeper, full sedation under general anesthesia.
With sedation dentistry, the patient does not have to make multiple trips to the dentist. All of the work is done in one procedure. The patient avoids the repeated dental visits and only has one recovery period. Sedation dentistry is safe and comfortable. In most cases, the patient sleeps through the procedure and has no memory of it when they awaken.
If you need extensive dental work, consult with a dentist who specializes in sleep and sedation dentistry.
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