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Dentist appointments can be frightening for many. After all, no one looks forward to a stranger poking around in their mouth. But as unnerving as a dentist visit can be, it is essential to your oral health and overall well-being. Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for those particularly apprehensive about their next dental appointment.

Sedation dentistry takes the fear and pain out of dentist procedures so that you can get your necessary treatments completed without worry.

In this article, the experts at Dentistry at Consilium break down all you need to know about sedation dentistry and discuss whether it is a good option for you.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses sedatives or local anesthetics to combat dental anxiety and pain. If you have a particularly low tolerance for pain, dentists can even use general anesthesia to put you to sleep temporarily.

Some popular sedatives used by dentists worldwide include:

– Nitrous oxide: ‘Laughing gas’ as it is more popularly known, has the advantage of wearing off quickly so you can drive yourself home after your procedure.

– Oral sedatives: These don’t put you to sleep but instead, help lower anxiety and pain levels. You may feel a little sleepy until their effect wears off.

– General anesthesia: Medicines are used to put you in a controlled sleep and ensure you are pain-free throughout the procedure.

How Does it Work?

The process depends on the anesthesia you choose to use. If you prefer general anesthesia, that means you’ll have to stop eating or drinking for several hours before your procedure. It also means you will not be able to go home immediately after the appointment because general anesthesia effects tend to linger.

On the other hand, you do not need to prepare for oral sedatives or laughing gas. You can simply come in for your appointment and let your dentist handle the rest.

It’s important to let your service provider know of any allergies you may have before your appointment. This ensures the process is as safe as can be.

What Are The Benefits?

Oral health is an integral part of overall well-being. After all, it is hard to have a good day if your teeth are constantly aching. Due to dental anxiety, many people miss out on this vital facet of their health.

Fortunately, sedation dentistry can ensure anyone — regardless of their preexisting fears and phobias — can benefit from essential oral care and ensure that their teeth and gums are pain free.

Who Needs It?

Anyone can benefit from sedation dentistry, but it is particularly useful if you have had a bad dentist experience in the past or are fearful of needles and other dental equipment. In addition, it can also help calm individuals with anxiety disorders. 

What Happens After The Procedure?

This depends on the type of anesthesia you choose to get. The effects of laughing gas and oral sedatives tend to wear off relatively quickly and come with little downtime – you can drive or walk away from the treatment center soon after your procedure.

The effects of general anesthesia can take more than a few hours to wear off and it’s best to stay within the confines of your treatment center and make arrangements to be taken home.

Don’t Miss Out!

If anxiety has previously been keeping you from making your dental appointment, don’t worry. With sedation dentistry the team at Dentistry at Consilium can help.

Sedation dentistry is a safe process that ensures you don’t miss out on keeping your teeth in great condition and avoid any significant issues in the future.

Call 416-296-1080 or visit our website to book an appointment today!

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