May 28, 2023
It’s not uncommon for many people to dread going to the dentist. Whether it’s a simple cleaning and checkup or a major dental concern, this feeling can lead to procrastinating going to set appointments or sometimes avoiding them altogether. Fortunately, there is a solution—dental sedation! Read on to learn five reasons that it could be right for you.
#1. You Have Dental Anxiety
Research has found that 36% of Americans have severe anxiety about going to the dentist. This can cause them to avoid dental visits. Unfortunately, if you neglect to receive the necessary treatments, the more costly your oral health problems can become. With dental sedation, you can relax and keep your teeth healthy.
#2. You Have Oral Sensitivity
The oral tissues, like your gums, are soft and some people experience more sensitivity than others to certain procedures or treatments. This can be easily solved with sedation methods. Throughout your visit, you will not feel any of the activity in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to work efficiently as you relax in the chair.
#3. You Are Uncomfortable at Dental Appointments
When you visit the dentist, there are certain sights and smells that are common. From the smell of latex gloves to the sound of dental instruments, these sensitivities can make it difficult to relax during an appointment. Also, if you have jaw, neck, or back issues, it can be uncomfortable to sit in the chair throughout your treatment. With sedation dentistry, you can feel more at ease so that you can receive the treatment you need to preserve your smile.
#4. You Are Scheduled for a Longer Procedure
For the most part, people can handle minimal discomfort for a short appointment. However, many struggle with sitting for long periods of time or for more intensive procedures – and that’s completely understandable! If you know your treatment will require more time, you can ask about sedation dentistry to keep you at ease throughout the process.
#5. You Want to Feel Relaxed, but Still Conscious
One of the benefits of sedation dentistry is that you are awake during your appointment, and it just provides varying degrees of relaxation. For example, nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation that is administered through a nasal mask. You’ll feel calmer within moments of breathing in the odorless gas, and able to react to your dentist like normal. Another option is oral conscious sedation, also known as anti-anxiety medication. This will provide a deeper level of calmness and you may feel drowsy after your visit, but you’ll remain aware enough during your appointment to respond to verbal commands.
With sedation dentistry, there will be no need to delay or forgo your dental appointment…you can remain relaxed as you keep your smile healthy and bright!
About the Practice
New Image Dentistry keeps the smiles of San Antonio whole, healthy, and beautiful through the expertise of its team of dentists. They offer a wide array of high-quality services all under one roof, including dental sedation. With a focus on patient comfort and care, as well as using state-of-the-art dental technology, your dental goals can be achieved with ease and success. To schedule an appointment, contact them through their website or call (210) 804-1558.