What is sedation dentistry?

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What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry takes the fear out of dental appointments

Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Do you fear the sound of the drill?

Many people choose to suffer through toothaches or oral pain, rather than visiting the dentist because they fear dental visits so much.

Well don’t fear anymore, as Crookes & Jenkins Dental offers sedation, which may be the perfect option for you!

By choosing sedation dentistry during both check-ups and procedures, you can experience a more comfortable dental visit.

How does sedation dentistry work?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax throughout the dental procedure.

You will be awake but feel less anxiety.

At Crookes & Jenkins Dental we offer the following two sedation methods:

Nitrous Oxide (Happy Gas or Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a very safe and efficient form of sedation. You will remain awake throughout the entire treatment but will feel very relaxed and will experience very little to no discomfort at all. Your dentist will control the amount of medication you are given and will tailor this to each individual patient.

Nitrous oxide will wear off very quickly after treatment, meaning that generally patients can drive home after receiving this form of sedation. This is monitored on a case-by-case basis and will be discussed with your dentist.

Oral Benzodiazepines

Low dose oral benzodiazepines can be given before your appointment to reduce anxiety before and during dental treatment. Your dentist is trained to assess the appropriateness of these medications to assist you with your treatment needs.

Benefits of sedation dentistry

There are many clear benefits of sedation dentistry for patients who are anxious about visiting the dentist. These can include:

  • Pain relief – Dental sedation can take tooth and gum pain away during your dental appointment. This is a major reason many opt into receiving sedation dentistry.
  • Anxiety relief – Sedation should take your anxiety away and leave you feeling relaxed and comfortable. After the appointment, you may not even remember being in the dental chair.
  • Gag reflex reduction – Gag reflexes can hinder dentists as the reflex likes to stop all foreign objects that enter the back of the mouth. This can make it difficult for a dentist to look at the back of the oral cavity. While a patient is under sedation, the gag reflex is paralysed, which means the dentist can work faster without the interruption.
  • The sound of drills is gone – Under sedation, you will not even notice the sounds of the drills or other dental appliances. So, if you have a fear of dental drills, there is no need to worry.

Can anyone have sedation dentistry?

Generally, most patients are able to undergo sedation dentistry.

However, it depends on the health of the patient as there are some health conditions that may mean you should not receive sedation.

If you have any questions regarding sedation dentistry, the team at Crookes & Jenkins Dental are happy to help. Once you book your initial appointment, you may have to sit in the dental chair, so that we can plan your treatment. However, don’t stress as it will be a painless assessment.

If you would like to book in for an appointment with the experienced team at Crookes and Jenkins Dental, please click here!

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