Going to the dentist isn’t how most would choose to spend their time, yet it is necessary for patients wanting to experience healthy, happy smiles for the rest of their lives! We wish it was possible for you to completely prevent infection and decay simply by following your daily routines, but it’s not.
There will always be a need to come into the office because those six month cleanings are imperative to prevent gum disease infections and runaway decay. And as you come in, small procedures will appear on your calendar. Maybe a filling here or a special cleaning there.
For most of us, this isn’t a problem, but some patients genuinely fear coming to the dental office. If you fall into this category, know that there are options available to make your experience much more comfortable!
You Don’t Have to Be Afraid
You really don’t have to be afraid to come into the office any longer. Many of our patients express a fear that stems from a terrible experience as a child when dentistry wasn’t as advanced as it is now. We understand that fear, but we also know that you don’t have to live with it.
Never let fear keep you from health. We have options for you, but you’re not the only one who can benefit from sedation dentistry.
You’re Not the Only One Who Needs Help
There are many special cases that require unique treatment and attention from us. We want to talk about a few of those situations next and show how sedation can make the difference between a healthy smile and an unhealthy smile.
Gag Reflexes Ruin Appointments
You have a gag reflex. We all do. You don’t think about it much until something sets it off. Maybe you put your toothbrush too far back on your tongue, or a piece of food gets caught in your throat. Whatever it is, you know the instinct to heave.
Some patients have extremely sensitive gag reflexes. You can imagine how uncomfortable a dental appointment is when every movement makes you heave forward. Sedation relaxes those reflexes and gives patients a comfortable dental appointment free of gagging.
Special Needs Patients
Unless you have a loved one with special needs, you have probably never thought about the dental care needs of these patients. We think about it all the time because we know how difficult it can be to help a special needs patient understand that a dental office is safe.
Patients living with dementia or a mental handicap are often unable to differentiate between a dangerous situation and a safe situation. A dental office with masked workers, unusual machines, etc. is often interpreted as dangerous. Sedation really helps these patients and their care providers by allowing them to relax and get their dental care taken care of without an ounce of fear!
Patients with Packed Schedules
We are all busy, but some patients can afford to get away from the office easier than others. For patients who really cannot miss more than one day, sedation offers a way to get the dental care you need in a matter of a single appointment.
That’s right. Gone are the days when a complex procedure is broken into several smaller appointments. With sedation, you can get the treatment you need without missing a beat at work!
Levels of Sedation Make Treatment Easy
As you can see, the benefits of sedation are wide and far-reaching. We’ve barely touched on the number of unique cases where sedation has a massive impact! Levels of sedation makes this possible. We offer light sedation, like nitrous oxide, as well as very heavy sedation given through an I.V. We can also give you something in between, like a prescription pill that offers conscious sedation.
Whatever is needed to make you comfortable, we offer it right here in our Carrollton, TX dental office. Don’t wait any longer to find out how to get the most gentle dental appointment of your life!
Contact us today to find out if sedation is right for you. We can’t wait to see you with a happier, healthier smile!