No one likes to feel pain or anxiety when visiting the dentist. That’s why our office is proud to offer sedation dentistry options for patients with extensive dental needs, who are concerned about anxiety, who have difficulty getting numb or who have sensitive teeth!
First, let’s define sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is the use of medication for helping patients to relax during routine dental procedures. A variety of sedation techniques exist and can be used in addition to local anesthesia to reduce pain and soothe nerves.
If you’re sensitive to oral pain or anxious about fillings or extractions, talk with your dentist about choosing the right option for sedation prior to your procedure appointment!
When should you ask about sedation dentistry options? It’s important to discuss your anxiety and sensitivity with your dentist as soon as he or she recommends a dental procedure that will cause you anxiety or discomfort.
You and your dentist can decide which method of sedation, if any, is right for you. Deciding factors include your current health, which will help determine whether sedative medication is safe.
Your dentist may take your medical history or even ask for clearance from your primary care doctor before selecting and administering a sedative. You and your dentist should also discuss other options and accommodations for maximizing your comfort.
What are options if sedation isn’t the best fit? Dental technology has advanced a lot in recent years, providing more options than ever before for relieving pain and anxiety.
You might find that it helps just to have a dental office that prioritizes comfort and provides a relaxing environment! That’s why we’re happy to provide patients with amenities like neck pillows, hot towels, comfortable light massage chairs and cable TV.
Just having a combination of a relaxing environment and local anesthesia could be enough to provide relief for routine procedures.
Have you been avoiding the dentist due to anxiety or fear of pain? Worry no more! Visit our Cottonwood Dental website to request an appointment and give us a call to learn more about our sedation dentistry options!