Updated: Feb 27, 2020
The specific reason why you need dental treatment is complex. There’s the issue with your oral health that needs to be addressed, whether it’s tooth decay, damage to your tooth, or more. There’s also the time it’s taken you to seek treatment for it, which can play a huge role in just how serious your condition is (and, therefore, how extensive your treatment needs to be). For many patients, anxiety about visiting the dentist is a significant factor, too. Being anxious means you might hesitate to treat your concern, allowing it to grow worse over time. Fortunately, we can help you address this concern with the right type of dental sedation.
1. Reduce your anxiety during treatment
Reducing dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons for needing dental sedation. It can affect nearly anyone to certain degrees, but for some patients, it can reach levels high enough to be considered dental fear or phobia. The use of dental sedation may help ease your anxiety to make your treatment more comfortable, or it may be absolutely necessary for you to remain calm enough to receive the treatment your smile needs. The appropriate type and dosage of sedation will depend on the severity of your anxiety, as well as several other personal factors.
2. Make treatment more comfortable in general
Even if you don’t experience heightened levels of anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist, a mild administration of dental sedation can help make sitting the chair and make receiving treatment much more comfortable. Solutions such as nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) and oral sedation can help you remain calm and relaxed throughout the course of your treatment. Knowing that you can remain comfortable can help prompt you to seek treatment for your dental concern as soon as possible, which can reduce your risks of needing a procedure that might require a stronger dose of sedation.
3. Reduce the time your treatment takes to complete
When you’re comfortable and calm under the influence of dental sedation, you’re much less likely to move or shift in the chair while your dentist is working. You can also remain in the chair longer than you would otherwise, which makes it possible for your dentist to complete more of your treatment during each sitting. If your treatment requires multiple visits, then sedation can help reduce the number of visits by allowing your dentist to work more efficiently.
Learn if you can benefit from dental sedation
With the appropriate type of dental sedation, we can help make your dental treatment much more comfortable and easier on your schedule. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.