Take the Edge Off
Dental sedation has become a popular part of modern dentistry. With so many patients putting off dental visits out of dental fear or anxiety, the dental industry has stepped up with a solution to their problems.
Dentists now use several forms of sedation dentistry to help their patients get the dental treatment they need. One such technique is called oral sedation and while it"s been around for decades, it"s been gaining steam as a preferred form of dental sedation.
A type of conscious sedation, oral sedation puts you in a relaxed state during dental procedures. Oral sedation dentistry is exactly what it sounds like: drugs taken orally to relieve dental fear and anxiety. Oral sedation is sometimes called sleep dentistry, although you"ll remain conscious and be able to respond to your dentist"s commands during the procedure.
Join the Crowd
Many dental patients can benefit from the effects of oral sedation dentistry. If you fall under one of these categories, oral sedation may be for you:
– Patients who have an extreme fear or phobia of visiting the dentist
– Patients who suffer from anxiety that affects their behavior in the dental chair
– Patients who experience a gag reflex
– Those who don"t numb easily from novocaine or need several injections for local anesthetic to take effect
– Patients who require a lot of dental work in one visit
– Those who haven"t been to the dentist for a long time
– Patients who are scared of needles — oral sedation may be a better option than IV sedation, as no needles are involved prior to the drugs taking effect.