Sedation dentistry provides a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for some people receiving dental treatment. It enables those with fear of the dentist to receive the care they need in comfort and safety and with minimal anxiety. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, 30 percent of Americans avoid the dentist due to fear.
What Is Sedation?
Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives instead of traditional anesthesia. Sedative drugs (tranquillizers, nitrous oxide, etc.) can be administered in a variety of ways. In the past, intravenous (IV) sedation was predominantly used for dental patients. Today, however, sedation dentistry has evolved to be even more conducive to a relaxing experience, with alternatives that many people find more appealing.
Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in the U.S. to quell fear of the dentist. It’s easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients don’t even remember the visit; it’s as if they slept through the treatment. In reality, oral sedation dentistry maintains some patient consciousness for safety and cooperation.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Among the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when it might actually have taken hours. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments.
Also, because sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis, sedation patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they’re less likely to neglect their oral health or let dental problems build to the point where drastic treatments become necessary.
Affinity Dental Associates: Sedation Dentistry Catonsville
We understand that not everyone can sit through all dental procedures or even sometimes the numbing process associated with traditional anesthesia. In order to offer comprehensive dental treatment to as many patients as possible, Affinity Dental Associates is licensed and equipped to sedate and treat patients:
- Who avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear of dental pain or dental procedures.
- Who are physically or mentally challenged and unable to cooperate in their dental care.
- With time constraints and the need to have their dental care performed in as few visits as possible.
If you have any questions about Catonsville Sedation Dentistry, (or any other aspect of dentistry, for that matter), please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!
- Yourdentistryguide.com/sedation – by Allison DiMatteo; reviewed by Michael Silverman, DMD