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4 Benefits Of Oral Sedation Dentistry

Does the thought of having your dentist pull and poke at your teeth send shivers down your spine? Would you rather endure the pain and discomfort of a toothache rather than visiting your dentist? 

If you have had a frightening experience at the dentist or if you are simply scared about seeing the dentist, sedation dentistry is a great option to alleviate any anxiety you may have. Sedation dentistry can be used for everything from tooth extraction to a simple cleaning appointment. You will not feel any pain or discomfort while sedated, so you can go through your appointment feeling stress-free!

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What Is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Oral sedation is the most common sedation method; it requires no injection or special equipment and is not as costly compared to IV and Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) sedation. 
Oral sedation is often used for mild to moderate anxiety relating to dental procedures and can be taken anywhere from one hour prior to your appointment or the night before. The goal is to induce a slightly relaxed, sedated state so that the patient feels good during their appointment. While patients remain awake during the procedure, they often do not remember many details. The effects of the sedation normally wear off within a few hours after the procedure.

 

Top 4 Benefits Of Oral Sedation Dentistry

Relief from fear and anxiety

If unpleasant experiences have kept you from visiting your dentist for a long time, sedation dentistry could be the solution for you. This procedure allows you to comfortably and painlessly sit through your dental appointment while your dentist does their magic. Be out of the dentist's office in record time!!

Reduces gag reflex

A gag reflex is a usually good thing, as it helps you expel any intrusive objects that can cause choking.  However, a gag reflex can hinder your dentist from performing certain procedures by preventing them from reaching deeper into your oral cavity. Worse, the reflex can even cause an accident, resulting in further damage. Sedation dentistry temporarily disables your gag reflex, allowing the dentist to complete their work without any disruptions.

Pain Relief

Many people fear being poked and prodded by their dentist and hate the sensation of having sharp tools in their mouths. Oral sedation completely nullifies any pain or discomfort during the procedure. That is why oral sedation has become such a popular choice among those who worry about pain during their dental appointment.

Fewer Appointments

Sedation dentistry will allow your dentist to perform multiple procedures in one appointment, given you will be comfortable and relaxed for a longer period of time. Extensive services that would normally require multiple appointments can be reduced to as few as one appointment. You will be able to save precious time and money while allowing your dentist to work more efficiently.

 

Conclusion

Our team of friendly and holistic dentists at Dr. Korol Dental Clinic has the expertise and experience to make your visit as comfortable as possible with our Oral Sedation Dentistry solutions. If you want to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry and how we can make your visit stress-free and relaxed, call 403-245-9099 or fill out our online contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I feel any pain with sedation dentistry?

No. You should not feel any pain while sedated. Prior to starting the procedure, your dentist will make sure the treated area is perfectly numb. After the sedation wears off, you may start to feel slight discomfort and pain as your teeth and gums begin healing.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. The procedure is safe when administered by an experienced dentist or dental anesthesiologist. Prior to the procedure, your doctor will go over your past medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for sedation.

How long does it take for the full effects of sedation to wear off?

A good rule of thumb is to allow 24 hours after the procedure to let the effects wear off. Your dentist will go over a recovery treatment plan after your procedure to make sure the effects of the sedation have receded before you go about your daily tasks.

 

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