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 feel so uncomfortable about going to the dentist that they prefer not to
have any treatment.
For people who avoid dentists, sedation dentistry may take away some of the anxiety.
Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning.
How it is 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 with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia. Sedation
dentistry allows the patient to experience reduced levels of anxiety and fear during a dental
procedure. With sedation dentistry, the patient will be in a deep state of relaxation and will
feel as though the procedure only lasts a couple of minutes, when in fact it may last a couple
of hours. The patient will be able to respond to verbal commands and will breathe on his or
her own. Patients may have little to no memory of their experience, including the sounds and
smells of the dental office. They will be relaxed, safe and comfortable.
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