3 Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

June 2, 2021 Grandville Dental Health Center

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If you struggle with an uneasy, nervous, or on-edge feeling while at the dentist, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is quite common in children and adults alike but there is a solution: sedation.

Sedation dentistry implements medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Medication can come in various forms but all serve the same purpose.

At our Grandville office, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and pill sedation.

Whatever method you choose, you’re in good hands while our dentists perform treatment. Continue reading to discover how sedation can help you overcome your dental-related anxiety.

What is Sedation?

Sedation reduces anxiety or irritability through the administration of sedative drugs. Most forms of sedation allow the patient to remain awake and able to respond to verbal commands.

A procedure does not have to be invasive to need sedation. If a patient’s fear is severe enough that they are not able to sit still in the chair, our dentists will recommend sedation to calm their nerves. The medication will relax the patient enough that they are able to sit still in the chair until treatment is complete.

Other times, sedation is used in combination with local anesthesia to help ease a patient through a root canal or tooth extraction.

Effective & Safe Way to Relax

Laughing gas is safe for use on patients of all ages. Pill sedation must be prescribed by our dentists and can cause increased drowsiness but is still very safe under our supervision.

In general, sedation dentistry is best for those who:

  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have trouble sitting still
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Have a bad gag reflex
  • Need a significant amount of dental work completed

Allows for Faster Treatment (and Less Appointments)

Dental anxiety often prevents patients from coming into the office for treatment. Sedation, on the other hand, calms your stress during your appointment which allows more to get done in one visit. It also lets our dentists complete a procedure faster.

It is not uncommon for severely anxious individuals to have multiple procedures done at a time (if needed) under sedation in order to avoid coming in several times. If this would work best for you, it is something our dentists can discuss one-on-one.

Ensures Time to Rest

When you are under sedation, you no longer feel agitated or jittery. That’s because the medication, whether inhaled gas or ingested pill, puts you at ease in minutes. Though you are still conscious, you are resting which is beneficial for everyone involved.

Constant movement or startled reactions make it difficult for our dentists to complete necessary work. With sedation, they are able to move through a procedure at a sufficient pace while you rest comfortably in the chair.

Break Free of Dental Anxiety

Learn how to relax at the dentist thanks to sedation dentistry. Our trained dentists in Grandville, MI, have years of experience working with patients, conquering their dental anxiety and would be more than happy to treat you as well. Schedule your next appointment online or call Grandville Dental Health Center today at (616) 531-0360.

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