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Sedation Dentistry: Not Just for Fearful Patients!

June 20, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 6:55 pm
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Sedation dentistry is an amazing service that helps millions of fearful and anxious patients tolerate and even enjoy their dental visits. While it’s known for its ability to relax nerves, sedation dentistry also offers a wide range of surprising benefits even for those who aren’t fearful of the dentist. Read on to learn more about sedation dentistry and the hidden advantages that come with it!

First, What Exactly is Sedation Dentistry?

There are three main types of sedation:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation: Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a type of sedation that is mixed with oxygen and administered through a nasal mask. It’s tasteless, completely comfortable, and its effects work/wear off incredibly fast. This is also the mildest option.
  • Oral conscious sedation: This type of sedation is administered through pill form and it’s a moderate level of sedation. You’ll take your medication as instructed, about an hour before your appointment. During your visit, you feel relaxed, at ease, and you may even fall asleep, however you can be woken with a light tap on the shoulder.
  • IV sedation: The strongest option for sedation, it’s administered intravenously. IV sedation is fast acting, and easily adjustable, making it perfect for patients looking for the most effective solution.

The option right for you will depend on your specific needs and medical history. You can set up a consultation with your dentist to learn more about the effects of each type and discuss your goals!

The Surprising Benefits of Sedation

Dentists offer sedation for more reasons than dental fear, including:

  • Efficiency: Dental visits are often faster when sedation is used because patients are more compliant. Plus, your dentist may even be able to perform multiple treatments during the same appointment.
  • Comfort: Do you have issues with gag reflex? Maybe you just find it uncomfortable for someone’s hands to be in your mouth? Sedation will keep you comfortable and relaxed while also allowing you to give verbal commands when needed.
  • Convenience: Thanks to the various options for sedation, patients can choose the level that works best for them after speaking with their dentist. Nitrous oxide only works when you’re inhaling the gas, so it’s convenient to use during your quick dental appointment at lunch or when you have other plans for the rest of your day.

Sedation allows patients to overcome their dental fear but it can do so much more! Take advantage of these surprising benefits to make your dental visits more efficient, enjoyable, and effective.

About the Practice

At Westgate Dental Care, our team of experts combines their extensive education and knowledge to provide the best dental experiences for Arlington Heights patients. Unlike many dentists in the area, we have extra training that allows us to offer IV sedation, the strongest sedative. If you have any questions, we can be contacted through our website or by phone at (847) 577-7171.