December 18, 2022
If your palms sweat when it’s time to visit the dentist or you need a lengthy procedure, sedation dentistry can keep you comfortable during your appointment. However, there are many myths and rumors about dental sedation. Don’t let misconceptions about sedation dentistry prevent you from seeing your dentist. Here are the answers to 6 common questions to determine if it’s the right option for you.
1. Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients with good general health and when administered by a trained dental professional. Choose a dentist that has completed continuing education in dental sedation. They will review your health history and any medications you’re taking to look for any potential adverse reactions.
2. Will dental sedation “put me to sleep?”
Most dental sedations don’t render you unconscious, but it will depend on the type used, like:
- Nitrous Oxide: You will remain awake and alert, but you’ll reach a high level of relaxation.
- Oral Conscious: Although you’ll remain conscious, it’s not uncommon for patients to doze off, but you can be awakened easily.
- IV Sedation: IV sedation will cause you to fall asleep; however, you can still respond to gentle touch and your dental team’s verbal instructions.
- General Anesthesia: You will be unconscious, but the effects dissipate quickly.
Your sedation dentist will determine which is best for you based on your needs and treatment plan.
3. Who can sedation dentistry help?
Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients with unique needs or situations, including:
- Dental-related fears or phobias
- Lengthy treatment plans
- Invasive or multiple procedures
- Strong gag reflex
- Difficulty keeping the mouth open
- Difficulty staying in one position
- Anxieties about pain or discomfort
4. Will I feel any pain during my appointment?
Your dentist will strive to keep you comfortable. Sedation can be used along with local numbing agents, but it isn’t always necessary. At most, you may feel some pressure, but you won’t have any pain.
5. Will I remember anything about my treatment?
You may have fragmented memories if nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation is used. However, IV sedation and general anesthesia are noted for having memory loss effects, which can be a good option for patients with previous negative dental experiences.
6. Is sedation dentistry right for me?
The only way to know for sure if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry is by scheduling a consultation with your dentist. They’ll learn more about your medical history, preferences, and concerns to determine if it’s right for your situation.
You don’t have to worry about a painful or stressful day in the dentist’s chair by adding sedation dentistry to your treatment plan.
About Dr. Monica Tiu
Dr. Tiu earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and has completed advanced training in dental anesthesiology. She is also BLS, ACLS, and PALS Certified. Dr. Tiu strives to ensure each patient has a stress-free experience. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry, request a consultation through our website or call (410) 567-0729.
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