Sedation dentistry is a term that refers to the use of anesthesia during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry keeps the patient conscious and is often used in overly anxious patients requiring lengthy procedures. You may be a candidate for sedation therapy if you exhibit:
- Dental phobia
- Dental anxiety
- A strong gag reflex
- A difficulty with dental local anesthesia or numbness
- Difficulty controlling movements due to cerebral palsy or Parkinson's disease
It is estimated that approximately 30-40 million American avoid seeing their dentist because of dental anxiety or dental phobia. People with dental anxiety have fears that are often greatly exaggerated. Dental phobia is a more serious condition. They experience an overwhelming terror and panic when it comes time to see the dentist. They often avoid their dental appointment altogether. If they do go, they cannot sleep the night before, and may become physically ill in the waiting room. Fortunately, sedation dentistry makes it possible for these people to get the dental care they need.
There are two types of sedatives that are used in sedation therapy, they are:
Patients who are on other medications should consult with their doctor before taking any type of sedative. It is also important for you to tell us about any previous allergic reactions.
If you have neglected to see the dentist for an extended period of time because you have dental fear or anxiety, your teeth may be deteriorating as a result. Sacramento sedation dentists Dr. Kwan and Dr. Hsu want to help you regain your dental health in the most comfortable way possible. At Nu Smile, our dentists use advanced laser dentistry to provide convenient treatments that are as pain-free as possible. But if your fears need a little extra care, sedation dentistry will allow you to visit our office without any anxiety or fear, and receive all the dental work you may need in just one visit. By having a beautiful new smile, you can be more confident and it can contribute to a better overall physical appearance.
If you are one of the many people who suffer with extreme anxiety when thinking about your dental appointment, then sedation therapy may be right for you. Call or email us to schedule an appointment with our sedation dentists, Dr. Kwan or Dr. Hsu to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.