What are the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Often times the fear or stress related to getting some work done on your teeth or mouth can cause patients to avoid going to the Dentist altogether. We use pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to a procedure to negate any anxiety that the patient might have. This leads to a better overall experience and will even cause a more positive memory of the event rather than just thinking about the pain that was involved.
The class of drugs used are considered sedatives. These drugs affect the central nervous system, specifically the areas related to conscious awareness. Depending on the procedure some drugs will just alter the state of mind or cause the patient to enter a deep sleep.
No More Anxiety.
One of the biggest benefits of Sedation Dentistry is that it makes the procedure more smooth and stress-free for the Dentist themselves. Not having to worry about the patient moving around or being in pain will allow the Dentist to work quickly and more effectively which will, in turn, improve the experience for the patient.
Another strong benefit of being sedated the reduced gag reflex. The gag reflex is important in preventing you from inhaling things besides oxygen, however, it can be too sensitive especially when in need of an operation. Having your gag reflex activate while a dentist is doing work can make the experience unpleasant for both the patient and the dentist. It also makes the work much more difficult for the dentist to complete. Being sedated will reduce the gag reflex allowing the patient to relax and the dentist to complete their work effectively.
Better overall experience
In some cases of sedation, depending on the level of sedation, the patient will still be able to respond to the dentist. This is good for many reasons including letting the dentist know if the patient is feeling pain or not. For deep sedation, the patient will have no memory of the procedure at all and, once awake, will feel as though the procedure happened instantaneously. This is a benefit because not only does it remove pain and anxiety, but it makes the operation seem as though it was faster. Some people just “want it done, and over with” and Deep Sedation is usually the answer to that.