Sedation dentistry is a newer form of dentistry that is designed to help patients feel calmer and comfortable while in the dentist chair. If you have a hard time getting yourself to the dentist because you’re so anxious about the what-ifs of your cleaning or procedure, then one form or another of sedation dentistry may help do the trick. To help you learn a little bit more about it, we have created a list debunking a few common myths.
Myth: Sedation Dentistry is Only for Patients with Anxiety
Although sedation dentistry is primarily used to treat patients who have a lot of anxiety, it is also used on patients who are elderly, who have a disability, or who want to feel relaxed while getting some dental work done.
Myth: Sedation Dentistry Is Only For Complex Surgeries
The unique thing about sedation dentistry is that it’s designed to help ease patients with all ranges of anxieties which are getting a variety of different procedures. For instance, a lot of patients have anxiety about dental cleanings, and so we might use a mild form of sedation to help ease their fears. Sedation dentistry can be used for small procedures or large ones.
Myth: You Will Be Unconscious
Our goal with sedation dentistry is to take the edge off and help you feel relaxed during your procedure. Even though we can completely sedate you, that’ s usually not necessary. In fact, we can generally use a mild sedative like valium or laughing gas, which means that you will be calm but completely conscious.
Myth: It’s Not Necessary
To some people who don’t have anxiety, they may think that sedation dentistry isn’t necessary, but if you are a patient with anxiety, you would agree to disagree. If your stress and dental fears are getting in the way of you getting regular cleanings or dental work done, then sedation dentistry is necessary. Look at it this way; if sedation dentistry helps us give you the proper dental work that you need, then it’s a must.
Are you interested in learning more about sedation dentistry? If so, contact us at our Albuquerque office and call (505) 881-1159.