Fear of the dentist is still very real, and some people can even struggle to get through a consultation. However, modern dentistry has a solution to help everyone feel calm and relaxed while in the dentist’s chair: sedation.
Sedation is a way to make sure the patient doesn’t feel anxious during the procedure so they can relax (and sit still) while the dentist does their job. But, we know sedation can be a rather confusing subject surrounded by myths. Here are 5 of the most common myths about sedation dentistry:
This is not entirely true. There are different types of sedation, and not all of them will make you fall asleep. For instance, oral conscious sedation involves taking some medication to relax you and make you feel calm during the procedure, but you’ll be aware of your surroundings and will still be able to respond to your dentist. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area to remove pain and discomfort.
General anesthesia is the type of sedation that puts you to sleep, but it is only used for major procedures.
There is a difference between sedation and anesthesia. Sedation ensures you feel relaxed, while anesthesia deals with the pain. Some people only need an anesthetic, while others need both.
But sedation isn’t only necessary if you are afraid of the dentist. It’s also a good option for people who cannot sit comfortably in the dentist’s chair for longer periods, have a strong gag reflex, or for people with uncontrolled muscle movements.
If you will get sedation, your dentist will recommend you come to your appointment with a friend or family member to take you home and stay with you until the effects wear off. However, this is a matter of a few hours, and most people feel perfectly fine the next day.
But right after your procedure, you will feel groggy and disoriented, so it’s best to have someone drive you home and stay with you until the effects of the sedation completely wear off.
Your dentist will never recommend sedation needlessly, but that doesn’t mean sedation is only used for lengthy and complicated dental procedures. If for any reason you cannot stay relaxed or sit still during your appointment, your dentist will talk to you about your sedation options.
Yes, sedation is more expensive than anesthetic. But, since you feel relaxed and calm, you can also receive multiple procedures at the same time, which ultimately saves you both time and money.
Confident Smiles & Implants is here to help you access some much-needed dental services with no pain or discomfort.
Book a consultation with Drs. Luis & Tori Mariusso now to learn more about your dental sedation options.