For some patients, a routine trip to the dentist can trigger high levels of anxiety that they're unable to receive treatment without being sedated. Sedation dentistry was made specifically for this type of patient to allow them to receive needed dental care.
Why Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?
Anyone who puts off a trip to the dentist due to fear or anxiety should consider sedation dentistry. Avoiding the dental chair will only lead to more significant problems down the road. Fortunately, sedation dentistry relaxes and comforts patients during their treatment.
Additional Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Although great for helping patients with severe anxiety, sedation dentistry also works wonders for other types of patients too. For example, individuals with a low tolerance of pain, claustrophobia, and ADHD can also benefit from dental sedation.
Overall, every person deserves high quality dental care and sedation dentistry offers many with this opportunity. In other words, sedation dentistry levels the playing field for those who would otherwise not be able to receive treatment.
How Sedation Dentistry Procedures Work
There are different types and levels of dental sedation. Nonetheless, each one relaxes the patient. When patients think of dental anesthesia, the type that typically comes to mind is oral sedation. Oral sedation is administered in pill form. Oral sedation is capable of significantly reducing the sensation of pain, sound, etc. Oral conscious sedation (OCS) is said to induce a state of near-sleep. Moderate dental sedation merely reduces a patient's level of consciousness to the extent where they can still respond to certain physical stimuli. Patients can also receive IV sedation, which is stronger, faster acting, and lasts for a shorter period. This form of sedation is usually recommended for shorter dental procedures.
What You Should Know Before Dental Sedation
Generally, with either form of sedation, the dentist will encourage you to forego all food, snacks, and beverages the night before your scheduled dental procedure. Likewise, you'll want to take a ride to and from the office to allow the sedative to fully wear off before attempting to operate any machinery.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry Today
Your comfort is our top priority at Liberia Dental Care. Learn more about sedation dentistry by speaking with our team today. Call 703-969-5774 or book an appointment online. Most insurances are accepted.