Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Do you feel a sense of dread when it comes time to visit the dentist? Perhaps you put off routine dental check-ups for years at a time to avoid sitting in the dentist’s chair. If you cancel appointments at the last minute or avoid scheduling a dental visit altogether, you are not alone. Many men and women skip their semi-annual dental check-ups and cleanings because they feel anxiety or an overwhelming displeasure at the prospect of visiting the dentist. Some patients cope with severe oral pain or delay dental work as a result of their dental phobia. In the past, this has posed an obstacle in encouraging patients to be proactive about their oral health. Fortunately, strides in cosmetic dentistry have since offered a solution to cases of nervousness, anxiety, and fear regarding dental treatment.
Sedation dentistry is a technique that can create a more comfortable and relaxing experience during your cosmetic or restorative treatment. In most cases, you will be able to feel light and relaxed during treatment while remaining capable of responding to commands. Sometimes, patients even fall into a light sleep and receive the care they need without having any memory of their procedure. Whether nitrous oxide or oral sedation is the best technique for your needs, sedation dentistry can be particularly useful if you feel extremely uneasy or uncomfortable with your teeth being cleaned, or restored, by a dentist. At South River Dentistry, one of our primary goals is to provide high-quality care while extending a pleasant treatment experience. Dr. Jeff Blackburn understands that patients have a wide range of needs, which is why he offers the option of sedation dentistry to complement your treatment.
We can use a number of sedation methods tailored to your specific anxiety levels to help you relax during your procedure. With the help of this progressive dentistry technique, you can:
- Receive necessary dental treatment without fear or anxiety
- Have a relaxing treatment experience in the dentist’s chair, even with extreme tooth sensitivity, an overactive gag reflex, or a low pain threshold
- Correct any existing issues before small problems worsen into more complex concerns
- Minimize the dread or negative stigma associated with going to the dentist
Sedation dentistry can be beneficial for anxious patients who are undergoing full mouth rehabilitation to restore most or all of their smile. Never hesitate to speak with Dr. Blackburn about your needs, so he can listen to your concerns and determine the best sedation approach to help you calm your nerves.
Questions? Learn more about sedation dentistry or schedule a consultation by contacting our practice today.