Who Benefits From Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can help if you experience anxiety about a visit to the dentist, including a fear of any particular procedure or part of the experience such as sights, sounds or smells.

Sedation dentistry can also help if you suffer from any of the less-recognized symptoms of dental anxiety, such as sensitive gag reflex, difficulty getting numb, tense jaw, neck, or back during a visit to the dentist.

Sedation dentistry can also help if you have a lot of dental work that needs to be done, but can’t normally sit still for a long appointment.

What Type of Sedation Dentistry Is Right For Me?

Each type of sedation dentistry has its own benefits, and which one is right for you depends on your needs. The most convenient and popular is oral sedation, which is easy to use, very safe, and provides an adequate level of sedation for most people with dental anxiety.

Nitrous oxide is good for people who need mild sedation and don’t want to wait for sedation to start or to wear off.

IV sedation is good for people who are in good health and who need or desire stronger sedation because they are undergoing a very involved procedure or have a high level of anxiety.

Does Sedation Dentistry Put Me To Sleep?

No. Even at the deepest level of sedation you are not actually asleep, and in most forms of sedation dentistry you are still conscious and can hear and respond to questions and perform actions. However, time will seem to pass very quickly, and you will remember little of your dental treatment, which is a blessing for most people with dental anxiety.

Does All Sedation Dentistry Use Drugs?

No. Some types of sedation dentistry can be performed without drugs. Learn more about drug-free sedation dentistry.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes. Sedation dentistry is very safe for adults who are in a generally healthy condition. Concerns only arise for people who are allergic to the medications or who have certain serious health conditions. Make sure you talk to your doctor about sedation dentistry and your dentist knows all about your health conditions. Even if one type of sedation poses a mild risk for you, there are other options, and it’s unlikely that you are at risk from all types of sedation dentistry.

More Questions About Sedation Dentistry In Irvine?

If you have additional questions about sedation dentistry in Orange County, please contact Rice Dentistry in Irvine, where a sedation dentist can answer all your questions in detail.