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.
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.
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
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!