Sedation dentistry is typically used for patients suffering from a fear of the dentist. But it can provide benefits to many other types of patients as well. Dr. Jose Gil of Hamilton Dental Designs, a dentist in Allentown, PA, highlights all of the benefits of sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to relax a patient for dental procedures. It’s usually used in the context of a patient that suffers from dental fear and may not otherwise get dental work done. Sedation allows them to be relaxed and calm enough to get the dental care they need and avoid any worsening dental problems in the future.
At Hamilton Dental Designs, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is something that can be provided at most dental practices and may be better known as laughing gas. It takes effect quickly as it’s inhaled through a nasal mask. You’ll still be conscious and can answer any questions Dr. Gil may have, but relaxed enough to get the procedure. It wears off quickly as well so you don’t need to worry about having a ride home.
Oral conscious sedation is typically given in the form of a prescribed pill taken about an hour before your appointment. It’s also sometimes done in tandem with nitrous oxide. The pill will provide more relaxation and you may even fall asleep or not remember parts of the procedure. Oral sedation can take a few hours to wear off, so you’ll have to have a ride to and from your appointment.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
First, sedation dentistry is ideal for patients that have a fear of the dentist. This fear occurs on a spectrum and can be so debilitating that patients refuse regular oral care. More severe problems can develop in the mouth because they aren’t seeing their dentist regularly. Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax enough to receive the regular care they need.
Sedation also allows dentists to perform more procedures at the same time. This is especially useful for patients with dental anxiety, as it means fewer trips to the office. With sedation, patients are relaxed and aren’t fighting the dentist, even unconsciously. For patients like those with a severe gag reflex, this makes treatment easier for both the dentist and the patient.
With sedation dentistry, other patients can get the care they need as well. Children may struggle to sit still for the length of time a more extensive procedure may take. There are also certain medical conditions that can prevent patients from being able to sit still for long periods of time. Sedation dentistry ensures that patients like these can get the dental care they need.
Sedation Dentistry at Your Allentown, Pennsylvania Dentist
We believe sedation dentistry guarantees patients the ability to get quality, regular dental care, as well as more extensive fixes. Call us or schedule an appointment online.