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When is Sedation Dentistry the Right Choice? ,
middle-aged woman under sedation in a dental chair

Dental care is vital to protecting your health and smile. While sitting in a dental chair may not be your favorite way to spend your time, most people understand it is necessary to maintain their oral and overall health. At Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces, we strive to make dental care as comfortable and stress-free as possible for all our patients. For some, sedation dentistry may be the right choice to improve the dental experience.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

There are different types of sedation dentistry. Sedation only means that a sedative or calming agent is used during dental treatments. The level of sedation can vary greatly. Most patients needing sedation will still be conscious and aware while we perform their dental treatments, just in a more relaxed state. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation, without any lasting side effects. Oral conscious sedation uses oral medications to help you relax before and during your dental appointments – the side effects can last longer. Complete sedation, or general anesthesia, will put you into a sleep-like state for your dental procedure.

Good Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

There are many different patients that choose to use sedation dentistry. Dr. Smith can discuss the options available before scheduling your dental treatments to determine if using a sedation option is right for you. Some people who are good candidates for sedation dentistry include:

  • Dental phobia or anxiety. If dental treatments cause you excessive anxiety or stress, sedation dentistry options like nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation may be the right choice. These mild to moderate sedations can help you relax during your dental treatments for a more enjoyable experience.
  • Severe gag reflex. Those who have a sensitive or severe gag reflex may be more comfortable with sedation. The calming effects can reduce the urge to cough or gag for those with difficulties relaxing when undergoing oral treatments.
  • Invasive or lengthy procedures. When oral surgery needs to be performed or the procedure will require a long stint in the dental chair, sedation is a good choice.
  • Special needs. Some special needs patients may be good candidates for sedation to help them stay calm and relaxed during dental visits.

Our team at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces in San Antonio want our patients to have stress-free and enjoyable visits to our office. If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry options and if they are the right choice for you, ask our team during your next checkup.

Posted on behalf of Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces