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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Last updated 5 years ago

Many people suffer from mild to severe dental anxiety, which causes some men and women to put off going to the general dentist for the oral care they need. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can make visiting the dentist easier and more pleasant than ever. If you would like to learn about how sedation dentistry can improve the way you feel during your next checkup or major cosmetic dental treatment, read below.

  • What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows dentists to help patients cope with their dental fears and anxieties. There are three common types of sedation dentistry methods: oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide. Your dentist will evaluate your anxiety and determine which sedation method is best for you based on the treatment you need. For example, a dentist may administer IV sedation for a patient undergoing a dental implant procedure, whereas a nervous patient undergoing a crown procedure can usually be calmed with an oral sedative or nitrous oxide. Mild, moderate, or deep levels of sedation can be utilized depending on the patient.

  • Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Almost anyone who is nervous about undergoing a dental treatment is a candidate for sedation dentistry. Sedation may not be recommended for very young children, but teens, adults, and seniors can all benefit. Your general health may affect your candidacy for certain types of sedation.

  • How Can Sedation Dentistry Lead To Better Dental Health?

Some people avoid getting major cosmetic and preventative dental treatments because of their dental fears, but this can lead to severe dental and oral health problems. Fortunately, sedation dentistry allows patients to have relaxing, pain-free treatment. In fact, many patients do not even remember the details of their treatment and leave the office feeling as though they have just woken up from a nap. Talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry so you can get the care you need to maintain optimal oral health.

If you’re looking for sedation dentistry services, call The Smile Design Center. We strive to offer a comfortable, welcoming, and relaxing dental practice that helps patients get the dental care they need. We also offer a variety of general, cosmetic, and orthodontic dental services. For more information, call us at (443) 275-9821 or visit our website.


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