Would I benefit from sedation dentistry?

The thought of going to the dentist is scary for many people, young and old. At Oak Mountain Dental, we want your experience to be as easy and stress-free as possible, which is why we’re excited to offer our patients sedation dentistry. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, dental sedation can be an effective solution!

How does it work?

Sedation dentistry is when medication is administered to a patient before or during a dental procedure to help them remain calm. Sedation methods range from nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to anesthesia. The cost and effects of each method vary. The type and amount of sedation you receive depends on several factors. 

What are some benefits of sedation dentistry?

  • Peace of mind. Instead of worrying about your procedure for weeks beforehand, you can relieve your stress and feel confident that the sedation method you choose will help you relax. It can also make future procedures easier by helping you avoid potentially traumatic dental experiences.
  • Safety. The only risks associated with sedation dentistry are problems patients may experience with the medications themselves, which can be avoided by talking with your dentist beforehand to ensure that the sedation method you choose is safe for you.
  • Efficiency. When a patient is sedated, they experience less pain and a reduced gag reflex, which allows the dentist to work faster and more efficiently. This makes the procedure easier for both dentists and patients and can sometimes reduce recovery time.

Who would benefit most from sedation dentistry?

Dental sedation can be beneficial for nearly anyone, but it tends to be especially helpful for people who have:

  • Moderate to severe dental anxiety
  • Special needs or medical conditions that can hinder dental treatment
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Multiple or complicated procedures to be done

If you’re still not sure if sedation dentistry is right for you, we’d love to address any questions or concerns you may have. Give us a call at 208-237-6453, or come into our office today!