Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.
For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it's used depends on the severity of the fear.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake, but extremely relaxed.
What Should I Expect During My Sedation Visit?
Sorrento Dental uses nitrous oxide inhalation, commonly known as laughing gas, and is our preferred sedation technique to allow for a more comfortable dental experience. This dental technique is best suited for cases of mild to moderate dental anxiety and is the most frequently used sedation method. Under nitrous oxide patients remain conscious and able to breathe on their own, with a sense of total well-being. Many patients take advantage of this type of sedation to ease anxiety while undergoing procedures to fix dental issues that have been plaguing them for years.
What kinds of treatments can be performed under sedation?
All types of cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry treatments can be performed with the assistance of sedation dentistry, including:
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth whitening
- Porcelain fillings
- White composite fillings
- Porcelain crowns
- Dental bonding
- Dental implants
Why should I consider sedation dentistry?
If you’re fearful of the dentist, sedation dentistry offers the opportunity to get the dental care you need without concern for the pain, unpleasant sounds or other distractions that are causing you to procrastinate.
Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:
- have a low pain threshold
- can't sit still in the dentist's chair
- have very sensitive teeth
- have a bad gag reflex
- need a large amount of dental work completed
Is sedation dentistry expensive?
Conscious sedation is a relatively inexpensive solution to the problem of dental anxiety. Since sedation dentistry relaxes you and allows Dr. Sorrento to perform the procedures you need, and since several procedures can be performed during one visit, sedation dentistry may actually save you money. However, if you have budgetary concerns, Dr. Sorrento offers affordable finance options.
Given the latest studies showing a connection between oral disease and heart disease, as well as damage to other organs, doesn’t it make sense to take advantage of sedation dentistry?
Your health is your most important asset. Please contact us today to schedule your free sedation dentistry consultation with Dr. James Sorrento at (978) 356-0602, or request an appointment by clicking here.