Many patients suffer from dental anxiety or are nervous about visiting the dentist’s office. This anxiety can lead to poor oral health habits or avoidance altogether, negatively affecting a person’s health. When we use sedation at Valenta Dental, it allows a patient to relax during a procedure, making them more receptive to the dentist’s instructions. This way, our dentists can provide better dental care, and patients can receive the necessary treatment without discomfort.
Sedation dentistry can promote better patient cooperation, especially in cases involving children, individuals with special needs, or patients with a history of difficulty cooperating during dental procedures. By inducing a relaxed state, it becomes easier for the dentist to work, reducing the risk of injury and improving treatment outcomes.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is administered as a pill before the procedure begins. The medication will help the patient feel calm and relaxed during their appointment and allow the dentist to perform multiple dental procedures in one sitting.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is another form of sedation that is inhaled through a mask placed over the patient’s mouth. This is the most popular form of sedation for patients who are nervous about going to the dentist and want help in remaining calm and relaxed throughout their procedure. Laughing gas wears off quickly and does not interfere with daily life after treatment.
IV sedation is the deepest form of relaxation dentistry and involves being hooked up to an IV while our dentist performs the dental treatment. Most patients are unaware that they are even receiving treatment due to the level of comfort that they experience during the procedure. This dental sedation allows the dentist to complete more complex processes in one visit, allowing the patient to maintain oral health rather than spend time returning for multiple appointments.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Anxiety and Fear Reduction
Dental anxiety and fear are common reasons people avoid or delay dental treatments. Sedation dentistry can help alleviate stress and fear, allowing patients to undergo necessary dental procedures with greater calm and relaxation.
Sedation dentistry can enhance patient comfort during dental treatments. The medications used in sedation dentistry induce relaxation, making it easier for patients to tolerate more lengthy procedures without discomfort or restlessness.
Gag Reflex Control
Some individuals have a sensitive gag reflex, making dental treatments challenging and uncomfortable. Sedation can help relax the muscles and reduce the gag reflex, allowing for smoother and more comfortable treatment.
If you experience dental anxiety or have avoided visiting the dentist due to fear, we may be able to help. To learn more about sedation dentistry and our gentle treatment, visit Valenta Dental at 1838 Dunlap Ave, Marinette, WI 54143, or call (715) 735-5626.