Sedation Dentistry Seattle: Benefits
Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives during dental treatment. The options include oral sedation, inhaled sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, you may be considering sedation dentistry in Seattle. What are the benefits of this type of treatment? Here are some of the reasons for people to choose sedation dentistry.
The biggest benefit of sedation dentistry is that it relieves the anxiety that many people feel during their dental appointments. There’s a continuum of severity of dental anxiety, with some people feeling just a little nervous while others are so anxious that they simply can’t go to their dental appointments. The more anxious you feel, the more you may benefit from sedation dentistry to relieve the anxiety. You might be able to get to your regular checkups without it, but prefer to use sedation when coming for a filling or another procedure; you might be one of our patients who prefers to use sedation every time.
For those with severe dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may mean the difference between being able to access dental care and avoiding it completely. We see many patients for sedation dentistry in Seattle who might never see a dentist at all without sedation.
No memory of the procedure
For many people, dental anxiety gets worse every time they go to the dentist. In some cases, the memory of a bad experience with a dentist when the patient was younger keeps coming back every time they visit the dentist. With many types of sedation, the memory of the dental procedure will be hazy or even completely absent. This way, the dental anxiety doesn’t keep reinforcing itself.
Reduced gag reflex
It’s important to have a functional gag reflex to protect yourself from inhaling anything besides air. However, in some cases, the gag reflex is too sensitive, and having the dentist do work inside your mouth may activate the gag reflex. This makes it hard for the dentist to do the necessary work. With sedation dentistry in Seattle, the gag reflex is reduced. This allows the dentist to do work more efficiently, and also makes the patient far more comfortable during the procedure.
In some cases, patients may move frequently during their dental treatment. This might happen involuntarily, as the patient has various reflex movements in response to the sensations of dental treatment. The movements sometimes interfere with the dentist’s ability to complete the treatment efficiently. Sedation dentistry in Seattle reduces these movements; with the patient more still, dental treatment is faster and more efficient.
Because patients have no memory of their dental treatment and their anxiety and discomfort is addressed through sedation, a dental procedure session can often be longer when using dental sedation than it can without it. Because of this benefit, treatment can often be completed in fewer sessions when using sedation. For complex treatment such as a smile makeover, this benefit can be very significant, making treatment more convenient for patients because they need to schedule fewer sessions. The small cost of sedation is often far outweighed by the savings in having more efficient treatment.
Considering sedation dentistry in Seattle?
If you have dental anxiety and want the chance to receive the benefits of sedation dentistry in Seattle, please visit Dr. Mark Caggiano. With his wealth of experience in the field of sedation dentistry, he’s known as “the Sedation Dentist of Seattle.” Contact us to book your appointment with Dr. Caggiano. We look forward to meeting you!