Each year, countless individuals avoid visiting the dentist due to fear or anxiety. Unfortunately, doing so can increase the risk of potentially serious oral health issues. Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients with dental phobia feel comfortable and relaxed during their visit so they can get the dental care they need. If you are interested in sedation dentistry, take a moment to learn the truth behind three of the most common myths surrounding sedation dentistry.
1. It’s Only for Dental Phobias
While sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who are fearful or anxious about seeking dental treatment, it can also help with a variety of other issues. For example, sedation dentistry is helpful for patients who are in need of extensive dental work and have a hard time remaining still for long periods of time. Patients with a sensitive gag reflex can also benefit from sedation dentistry.
2. It’s Only Available for Certain Procedures
It’s a common misconception that sedation dentistry is only used for surgical dental procedures like root canals and dental implants. In actuality, it is effective (and safe) for almost any dental treatment. From regular cleanings and fillings to oral surgery, dental sedation can be used to put patients with different needs at ease. No matter what your specific case may be, your dentist can work with you to ensure you are relaxed during treatment and can discuss your sedation options with you prior to your appointment.
3. It Puts You to Sleep
This isn’t always the case. Certain dental sedation options like oral sedation put patients in a very relaxed state while allowing them to remain conscious. Patients under oral sedation are still able to answer and respond to questions and directions given while feeling very relaxed. Prior to their treatment, patients will need to take a sedative in the form of a pill. After their procedure, patients should be driven home by a loved one as the effects of oral sedation last approximately 24 hours.
At Sonoma Smiles, anxious patients can rest assured they are in good hands with Dr. Wayne Sutton. The trusted dentist has a Fellowship with the Dental Organization for Oral Sedation and an adult oral conscious sedation permit administered by the State of California. Using his expertise, Dr. Sutton of Sonoma Smiles practices safe and effective oral sedation to help thousands of patients receive dental care in a calm and comfortable environment.
To learn more about oral sedation, please schedule a one-on-one consultation with Sonoma Smiles at (707) 585-2555.
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