What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

sedation dentistry CharlottesvilleDo you get anxious before dental or medical treatments? Perhaps you have always had a phobia of visiting an oral health professional. Medical and dental phobias are not uncommon. In fact, many people suffer with anxiety when it comes to receiving oral treatments and procedures. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help. Using safe, FDA-approved medications in a clinical setting, our patients can receive the treatment they need in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Not only can sedation dentistry help assuage fears and anxiety, but it can alleviate discomfort and improve the quality of treatment—especially when used during complex or lengthy procedures.

Are there different types of sedation?

Yes, there are different types of sedation methods. Sedation can involve the use of orally administered tablets or intravenously administered medication. The type of sedation utilized by our oral surgeon will largely depend on a patient’s unique needs and the nature of treatment needed. For example, those who have moderate anxiety in dental settings will likely benefit from taking tablet forms of sedative medication while those undergoing lengthy procedures will benefit from stronger medication delivered through an IV. Our team considers many factors when determining the type and dosage of medication including a patient’s body weight, medical history, and the nature of one’s treatment.

Is sedation safe?

When used in a clinical setting, sedation is safe. We take great strides to ensure that our patients are comfortable, relaxed, and secure. Our team only utilizes approved medications. If IV sedation is necessary, our team can control the level of medication administered at all times and adjust dosage if necessary. During IV sedation, patients’ vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate are constantly monitored.

How do I know if I need sedation dentistry?

If you have phobias and fears of dental treatment or believe you will benefit from sedation during procedures, we recommend speaking with our oral surgeon. Our team can help you determine the right method of treatment for your needs.

Call our friendly team today to ask questions or reserve an appointment.