There’s a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about sedation dentistry. Dr. Paige Woods had prepared these facts to help you understand it better:
- Although sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry‚ you aren’t really asleep with most forms. You’re awake and can speak without feeling fear or anxiety.
- There are 3 levels of sedation dentistry that we can help you select based on your anxiety level‚ the length of treatment and what kind of procedure you’re having. Only with deep sedation are you nearly unconscious‚ but even then you can be easily awakened when the treatment is over. With moderate sedation‚ you’re awake but may mumble and lack memory of being treated. With minimal sedation‚ you’re awake‚ but negative emotions like fear and anxiety are lessened.
- Dental sedation helps you and us. When we don’t have to worry about your anxiety level‚ we can get on with doing the work you came to us for. That means we can complete your dental treatment more quickly and with fewer interruptions.
- In addition to being for patients with fear or anxiety‚ sedation dentistry can also help if you have a severe gag reflex‚ have trouble tolerating pain or have high tooth sensitivity. In addition‚ it’s a good choice for some children who are at a time in development when they aren’t cooperative and for people with special mental or physical needs.
Dental sedation is safe‚ highly effective‚ very beneficial and can even start before you leave your home. If you’re concerned about getting dental treatment‚ call us now to talk about sedation dentistry. Or if you don’t mind coming in‚ we can thoroughly discuss your needs and your treatment options while you’re here. There’s a solution for every dental issue‚ and sedation may be part of it for you and your needs.