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How to Have a Healthier Mouth with the Help of Oral Sedation?

Posted on 2/20/2020 by office
How to Have a Healthier Mouth with the Help of Oral Sedation?Oral hygiene is crucial to oral health. Part of that proper hygiene is regular visits to the dentist for your exams and cleanings. Many skip these exams because they are just fearful of going to the dentist, and as a result, they are even more at risk for suffering tooth decay and gum disease.

Sedation Dentistry = NO fear

The main reasons people tell you they stay away from the dentist are number one, fear. Then the list goes as follows such complaints of low pain tolerance, inability to sit still, sensitive teeth, poor gag reflex, too much work needs to be done.

Simply put sedation dentistry to use medication to help you relax during the dental procedure. There are several types of sedation starting with minimal sedation that keeps you awake but relaxed, to moderate sedation, which is where you are in a state of consciousness, but you are drowsy and not likely to remember much at all, if any, of the procedure to deep sedation that puts you on the edge of consciousness, but you can still be awakened when necessary and then general anesthesia knocks you out completely.

In a word, sedation dentistry has multiple benefits. The sedation relaxes you and allows the dentist to perform the necessary procedures, whether it is a simple cleaning or a tooth extraction. However, ultimately, the greatest benefit is that you will have a cleaner and healthier mouth. If you have no fear of going to the dentist because you can be sedated and relaxed then you will not wait so long between visits and not only come when it is a “have to” case.

If you would like to talk to us about sedation dentistry or have any concerns about how sedation works, please we urge you to call our office and set up an appointment so that we can answer any questions you may have.