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3 Ways Sedation Dentistry Improves the Patient Experience

November 13, 2014

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Does the thought of visiting the dentist fill you with terror? If so, we’d like to welcome you to the world of sedation dentistry, an advancement that has made dentistry less angst-inducing for patients who fear the dentist’s office. Sedation dentistry refers to the use of anxiety-relieving drugs to help make dental visits more relaxing.

We offer several different sedation options—from conscious to unconscious—that make dental appointments easier on our patients. Specifically, sedation dentistry improves the patient experience by:

Alleviating Stress

Unfortunately, fear of dentistry is one of the most common phobias that people have. However, sedation dentistry allows patients to choose a sedation option in conjunction with their dentist that makes the patient feel safe, secure, and less fearful overall about the dental visit.

Making Extensive Dental Work Easier

Sometimes our patients require appointments that go beyond just having their teeth cleaned. These longer dental appointments can be difficult to sit through, particularly if patients are prone to fidgeting. Sedation dentistry takes the pain out of a lengthy dental visit.

Reducing Sensitivity

As we age, our teeth tend to experience increased sensitivity, which can make dental work more uncomfortable. If sensitivity is an issue for you, sedation can improve your experience immensely, making your dentist appointment easier to sit through.

As you can see, sedation dentistry is enormously beneficial not just for patients who fear the dentist, but also for those patients who experience greater sensitivity or require extensive dental work. If you’d like to learn more about our sedation options, contact us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Petry or Dr. Walton will be happy to listen to your concerns, review your health history, and make a recommendation as to the best sedation option for you.