Many people feel apprehensive or experience anxiety before visiting the dentist, especially if the visit requires procedures other than a scheduled cleaning. Whether it’s a filling or a root canal, dental work isn’t at the top of most people’s list.
However, it’s important not to put off any recommended dental work, because minor problems left untreated can become big problems, causing pain and major damage. For example, a filling is common and not typically cause for concern. However, if left untreated, a simple cavity can cause inflammation, infection and eventually make it necessary to remove the tooth (and possibly those around it).
If you’re feeling anxious about an upcoming procedure, it’s best to talk to your dentist about your fears. He or she will likely recommend a type of sedation based on your specific circumstances, health history and past experiences.
Sedation is commonly used in dental procedures because it helps patients relax and allows the dental staff to safely and accurately perform the necessary procedure(s).
Some Benefits of Dental Sedation Include:
• Reduced Anxiety – sedation helps to make you calm and comfortable
• Safe – at Parke & Rogers, we provide a dose low enough to help you relax, but one that keeps you from becoming groggy or confused
• Convenient – sedation makes it easier for you to sit in the dental chair longer, therefore taking care of several needed procedures at once; this saves you from having to come back multiple times
When used properly and administered by a professional, dental sedation is completely safe and effective. Your dentist can discuss specific types and the benefits of each. Together, you can decide what is right for you to alleviate your fears and keep you comfortable.
Remember, regular dental appointments and cleanings can go a long way toward preventing future problems. Practicing good dental hygiene and scheduling regular appointments may help keep you from needing a procedure that requires sedation.