What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedation to alleviate the patient’s anxiety and fear during a dental procedure or treatment. Many patients who feel this way go as far as avoiding dental appointments. Dr. Smith provides a solution to this through sedation dentistry. He provides oral sedation by letting the patient take a small pill before the procedure. This pill sedates the patient and prepares him or her for the procedure.
Relieving Dental Anxiety
A lot of people fear dental visits and feel anxious even with the thought of seeing their dentist. Many adults still experience dental anxiety and fear, which happens when negative thoughts about an upcoming dental treatment cloud their minds. A patient could be scared of the sound of drills during dental surgery or even with the sight of needles. Unfortunately, delaying treatment will only cause more problems. Here at Dr. Smith’s office in Beaumont, Texas, we provide patients with dental treatments without the fear or anxiety that most people have. This is possible through sedation dentistry.
Sedation Dentistry Benefits
Aside from its main purpose, which is to help the patient relax during the procedure, oral sedation dentistry allows the patient to remain conscious throughout the procedure. While he or she may feel drowsy during this time, the patient will not feel any pain while the treatment is going on. Most of our patients even sleep during their appointment and could not recall the procedure. Dr. Smith also recommends this option for those patients who may have to undergo multiple dental procedures in one sitting.
Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
- Have difficulty sitting
- Gag easily
- Have sensitive teeth
- Require a lot of dental work
- Have a low pain tolerance
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
During dental surgery, the patient’s vital signs and overall status will be strictly monitored. During your initial consultation with Dr. Smith, you will be given several options regarding the type of sedation that you want. Aside from pills, sedation in dentistry also comes in the form of intravenous injections and inhalation of nitrous oxide.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like more information on sedation dentistry, contact our Beaumont, TX office today. Call (409) 895-0089 today to schedule a consultation with LVI dentist Dr. Joel Smith!