Many people tend to associate visits to their dentist with pain and discomfort. They postpone check-ups and small procedures to the point where they have severe problems with their teeth. If you are someone who has a low tolerance for pain, sensitive teeth, or anxiety because of negative experiences with dental visits, you may benefit from sedation dentistry.
Sedation is a level up from localized anesthesia. It is a safe procedure to curb your anxiety and put your mind and body at ease. When you are under sedation, it is likely that you will sleep throughout the dental procedure. Sedation dentistry is suitable for most procedures, from cleanings to a root canal treatment or extractions.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
The primary benefit of sedation is that you won’t have to experience any discomfort during the procedure. If you typically feel anxious in the dentist chair, this can help you find dental visits more relaxing.
Sedation dentistry can be a time saver since it allows the dentist to complete more procedures in one sitting. For example, if you are too uncomfortable with dental appointments, it may be difficult for you to undergo an examination, root canal, and teeth cleaning in one appointment. When you are under sedation, however, the dentist can perform all three procedures without you even knowing it.
After receiving sedation dentistry for a number of times, you will stop finding appointments stressful. You will be able to schedule check-ups without postponing and increasing your risk for dental problems.
How Does it Feel to be Sedated?
As the dental team administer the sedation, you will become relaxed. The dentist will then start the procedure, during which you will be closely monitored to ensure that there are no problems. Afterwards, you can expect to experience some side effects from the sedation. People generally feel different side effects, but they are not severe.
During the recovery stage, ask a family member or a friend to keep an eye on you and drive you to the places you need to be. Our team will review all instructions and expectations prior to providing sedation in our office.
Types of Sedation
Your first option is oral sedation. The dentist will give you a pill that put you into a “twilight sleep”. You will still be able to talk and move, but you won’t remember anything afterwards.
The other option you have is an IV sedation, an incredibly safe procedure that is similar to oral sedation, except that you have less control over your movements.
For more extensive and more painful procedures, your dentist may recommend general anesthesia. With this type of sedation, you are fully asleep, and you will also not remember anything afterwards.
Consult with your dentist beforehand to find out what type of sedation is the best for you. We will recommend the best options for your personalized treatment and ideal care.
Dental appointments are critical to maintaining your oral and physical health. If you find that you postpone necessary procedures and check-ups because of anxiety or fear of discomfort, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.
At Vellore Woods Dental, we understand that our patients are sometimes afraid of undergoing dental procedures. We safely conduct all sedation dentistry to ensure that you find the session relaxing and comfortable.
For outstanding dental care and advice, contact Vellore Woods Dental today at 905-417-5550 for an appointment.