What is Dental Sedation?

Do you ever worry about visiting the dentist? While this is fairly normal, did you know that individuals with dental anxiety could even struggle with the idea of visiting their dentist? In fact, even the thought of visiting the dentist can cause anxiety or even a panic attack. Many patients with anxiety put off visiting the dentist, allowing any issues they have to become more serious. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help overcome your anxiety.

Sedation can be used for a number of treatments, even for something as simple as a routine cleaning. Sedation is also important because it could help you avoid issues such as shaking, nausea, and even vomiting. We may also recommend sedation dentistry for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.

Naturally, there are different levels of sedation. For instance, we could recommend mild sedation. If you choose this type of sedation, you’ll just need to take a pill. This will help you relax, but won’t put you to sleep. Stronger forms of sedation may make you drowsy, but you’ll probably stay awake during your treatment. Laughing gas, commonly known as nitrous oxide, falls into this category. If you choose either of these categories, you’ll need someone to drive you home. Deeper forms of sedation are generally recommended for surgical procedures and are administered intravenously.

If you avoid visiting the dentist for any reason, you’ll be more likely to have tooth decay, gum disease, and premature tooth loss. If you’re interested in learning more about dental sedation, please don’t hesitate to contact Gill Family Dentistry by calling (209) 549-1721. Dr. [doctor_ name] and our team are eager to hear from you.