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Am I A Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming dental appointment? Have you been postponing scheduling your next appointment due to fear of what may happen when you sit down in one of our dental chairs? If so, you are not alone, and we have a solution for you. There are many patients that fear coming to the dentist, and at Vivid Dental we offer sedation dentistry to help combat these fears so that you are able to keep your oral health on track. If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for minimal sedation, keep reading to find out!

Here are some of the most common reasons our patients tend to consider the use of sedation dentistry:

  • to ease sensitive teeth
  • to control an enhanced gag reflex
  • if they experience general anxiety prior to, and during, dental visits

Minimal sedation provides our patients with a feeling of comfort throughout their entire experience with us. It is a safe & effective way to calm their nerves during any kind of dental appointment, whether the procedure is large or small.

If you are an elderly patient, or a patient with a pre-existing health condition such as cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes or a respiratory disease, consult your dentist for a personalized treatment plan before getting your mind set on minimal sedation. Together we can determine if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Because of your health condition or age, you may have a higher risk for side effects like headaches, shivering, excessive sweating, nausea and fatigue, and minimal sedation may not be right for you. In some cases we are able to offer smaller dosages of sedation to our elderly patients to minimize these risks and negative side effects.

Our sedation dentistry experts are here to talk through your options, and to guide you through whether or not you are a candidate. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or whether it would be a good fit for you, give us a call at 336-774-1771.

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Many people fear their next trip to the dentist and end up not giving their teeth the care they deserve due to those anxieties. If scheduling your next trip to the dentist makes your nerves go a little haywire, you may want to consider a sedation appointment. Sedation dentistry helps to calm your nerves during dental treatments so that your teeth can be properly cared for, and we can help you maintain good oral health. We wanted to provide you with the following information on sedation dentistry to help you determine if this is a good solution to your dental unease. 

With sedation dentistry one of our dental experts will administer medication to help you relax during a regular exam and cleaning, or any other dental procedure you may need to undergo. Some people may also refer to this process as “sleep dentistry,” although that is not entirely accurate. We offer multiple variations on dental sedatives based on your level of anxiety, and your awareness can range from completely awake to very drowsy depending on the dosage we determine together.

The sedatives we offer can be administered through inhalation of gas or taken orally with a pill. The most common form of inhaled sedation is nitrous oxide, which you may know as “laughing gas.” This form of sedation will not put you to sleep fully, but it will help to ensure that you remain relaxed throughout your entire appointment. If you are feeling a bit more on edge, we can provide you with an oral sedative that will be prescribed to you prior to your appointment to be taken an hour before your scheduled treatment. This will have you feeling relaxed by the time our dentists or hygienists have you set up in the chair.

Sedation Dentistry can also be used to help with the following issues outside of anxiety:

  • low pain tolerance
  • bad gag reflex
  • extreme tooth sensitivity
  • inability to sit still for your appointment

If you believe you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry, call our front desk today to talk about your options with one of our friendly staff members before your next appointment with Vivid Dental!