Is making an appointment to visit the dentist something you avoid? Are you at least a little afraid that the dentist’s procedure will hurt? Regular dental check-ups are essential to good dental health and good overall health. If you find that you’re postponing your check-ups because you’re anxious about visiting the dentist, it’s time to try sedation dentistry. However, reducing anxiety is just one of many good reasons to try this increasingly-popular type of dentistry.
Benefits of sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry, also called sleep dentistry, uses general anesthesia to put the patient “asleep” during dental procedures. Our dentists are licensed to administer anesthesia and offer this option for complex procedures and for patients who are “afraid” of the dentist. Some many benefits of this type of dentistry include…
It may reduce anxiety
If you’re like most people, you’re at least slightly wary of visiting the dentist. With sedation dentistry, you know that you won’t feel a thing, so you can sit back and relax in the dentist’s chair.
You won’t remember the procedure
Another part of reducing your anxiety is that you won’t remember the dental procedure. While amnesia isn’t a good thing in most cases, when it comes to dentistry, you’ll be glad not to have the procedure lurking in your memory.
It reduces your gag reflex
Your gag reflex is a beneficial thing, in most cases. It keeps you from ingesting something you shouldn’t. However, this reflex can inhibit your dentist’s ability to work on your teeth. When you are under general anesthesia, your gag reflex relaxes and allows the dentist to work more efficiently.
It’s less painful
Another important reason to opt for sedation dentistry is that it is less painful. The brain doesn’t register pain when the body is under general anesthesia. For most people, this is the number one reason to choose sedation dentistry.
It allows the dentist to do multiple procedures in one visit
With sedation dentistry, there is less pain and less stress on the mouth, so your dentist to do more than one procedure, if necessary, in a single visit, saving you time and money.
It’s a good choice for children or those with on the autism spectrum
Kids and those with autism can be especially nervous about visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry allows them to relax and have the dental care they need without any of the trauma.
Sedation dentistry is affordable and safe. When you consider the money you’ll save by consolidating your visits (since the dentist can do more in a single visit), you might even save money. To learn more about the many benefits of sedation dentistry in Shelburne Ontario for you and your family, we invite you to book an appointment today.