We understand that for some people, visiting the dentist is a source of anxiety.
Dental anxiety could be the reason that around 35% of US adults didn’t visit the dentist at all over the course of a year. We should all be visiting the dentist at least twice a year for cleanings, along with any dental procedures we may need along the way. Of course, if anxiety has you freaked out about your next dental visit, it’s time to talk to our Auburn, CA, dentist Dr. Dan Gustavson about the benefits of sedation dentistry.
Levels of Sedation
Here at our Auburn, CA, practice, we offer varying degrees of sedation based on the type of procedure you are undergoing and the severity of your dental anxiety. The goal is to keep you feeling as relaxed as possible the entire time you’re with us.
Despite what you might think, most forms of sedation will not put you to sleep (except for IV sedation); however, sedation dentistry will help take the edge off so you can feel at ease during your dental care.
Of course, for surgeries and more in-depth procedures, moderate or conscious sedation will be administered; in which the patient may fall asleep and not remember parts of the procedure but can still respond to commands and be awakened with a gentle tap on the shoulder.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
There are many benefits to choosing sedation dentistry. Some of those benefits include,
- Control your anxiety: If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while out of fear, then sedation dentistry can help ease your discomfort and help you overcome that fear. Sedation can help you manage your anxiety so that you can get the dental care you need.
- Suppress pain: Fear of pain is one of the main reasons people avoid certain dental procedures that they need. If this is a concern you have, you’ll be happy to hear that sedation dentistry can also minimize that pain.
- Minimize your gag reflex: Do you have a sensitive gag reflex? If so, you may find sitting in the dental chair with your mouth open, an uncomfortable experience. Sedation dentistry options such as oral sedatives or nitrous oxide can help you feel more relaxed and even reduce your gag response.
- Experience a faster treatment: It usually takes a bit longer to perform certain procedures if our patients are nervous. That’s because we may need to stop, provide reassurance and give our patients the time they need to get comfortable. By administering sedation dentistry, you’ll feel comfortable the whole time, which means that we can get the job done more efficiently.
Are you interested in learning more about the sedation dentistry options we offer at our Auburn, CA, practice? If so, call Auburn Dental Aesthetics today at (530) 830-3333. We can help you squash your dental fears.