Sedation (or sleep) dentistry is an effective and safe option available to dental patients who need it and can be used for a variety of reasons. If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear, this is one way you can be made comfortable during your procedure. Sedation can also be used when the dental procedure is surgical in nature, and the patient needs to sleep. Whatever the reason may be, sedation techniques were developed to make the experience comfortable for patients. If you are in the Burlington, Ontario area and are interested in sedation dentistry, Dr. Sam Gupta and the team at Mount Royal Dental are here to help!
Before undergoing any form of anesthesia, it is important to understand what is happening and if it is right for you. Here are some questions you can ask about sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry can be required for a number of reasons. If you avoid the dentist because the thought of needles and drills causes your anxiety to spike or you are just plain afraid, this is a wonderful option meant to put you at ease. There are several options available to patients ranging from nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to deep sedation.
Another benefit applies to patients who have a hard time staying still in the dentist’s chair. Children, for instance, may find it difficult to remain still when a cavity is being filled. Sedation dentistry can either allow them to drift off to sleep or, at the very least, calm them down so they can remain still throughout the procedure.
When discussing dental sedation, your dentist will likely have several options that they utilize based on the given situation.