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3 Uses for Sedation Dentistry Outside of Dental Anxiety

September 6, 2023

Filed under: UncategorizedMatt Mauck @ 10:49 am
Patient receiving nitrous oxide sedation

Unfortunately, there are quite a few people who are driven away from regular dental care by fears of what dentistry entails. That’s why dentists have plenty of tools at their disposal to help them deal with patient anxiety, including sedation dentistry.

However, sedation dentistry isn’t just for dealing with dental anxiety. There are other ways in which sedatives can make dentistry easier, even if you aren’t particularly nervous about a procedure. Here are a few examples.

How Sedatives Make Dentistry Faster

If you ever need to get several dental procedures, as in the case of a smile makeover, it’s common practice for your dentist to recommend splitting the treatment into several appointments. This is because sitting through several treatments in a row while remaining attentive to your dentist’s instructions is a tall order for anyone.

However, sedation can make patients considerably more relaxed, making these longer appointments easier to sit through. As such, you may be able to take on more appointments back-to-back than you could otherwise.

Sedation Relaxing Physical Reactions

Sometimes, people respond poorly to dentistry for reasons that have nothing to do with their mentality. For example, lots of people have a strong gag reflex that makes dentistry difficult to sit through.

A nice thing about sedatives is that they relax both your mind and your body. As such, administering sedatives to patients with strong gag reflexes or other detrimental physical responses can potentially reduce their reaction to the treatment, making the process of getting dental care considerably easier.

Sedation and Stillness

One of the biggest challenges for any patient, especially those with a tendency to fidget, is to sit still for the duration of the procedure. While this is especially difficult in the case of longer appointments, even sitting through relatively short dental procedures still requires a fair amount of focus.

This can be a little bit frustrating for both the dentist and the patient. One of the nice things about sedatives is that patients have a much easier time sitting still.

About Our Practice

Welcome to Mauck & Ricci, DDS! Here, we know that dentistry is about more than just metal and machines. We dedicate ourselves not only to consistent clinical excellence, but to keeping our patients remarkably comfortable for the duration of their stay with us. We can promise that when you visit our office, you’ll never feel pressured or rushed for as long as you’re staying with us.

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (303) 745-1400.

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