If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may benefit from oral sedation. This treatment is also ideal for people with sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or a fear of needles. At Allen Creek Family Dentistry, oral sedation is suitable for patients who need to undergo multiple procedures in one visit. Oral conscious sedation is a type of medication that is taken orally before your procedure. The medicine helps to relax you so you can remain awake during your treatment but will be deeply relaxed. You will still be responsive enough to respond to verbal cues from your dentist, but you will remain completely relaxed and calm.
Dental anxiety, a common issue for many, can range from mild unease to severe phobia. Candidates for oral sedation often include those with dental fears or phobias. Even routine check-ups can become daunting experiences for these individuals. Oral sedation allows them to overcome anxiety and receive necessary dental care without stress.
Not all patients who choose oral sedation have extreme dental anxiety. Many have mild to moderate apprehension about dental treatments, particularly more involved procedures. Oral sedation is an excellent option for individuals who wish to make their dental experience more comfortable and relaxed, even if their fears are not overwhelming.
A hypersensitive gag reflex can make dental procedures challenging. Some patients struggle to tolerate dental instruments in their mouths, which can hinder the dentist's ability to provide effective treatment. Oral sedation reduces this sensitivity, making it suitable for those with a troublesome gag reflex.
Candidates for oral sedation often include patients undergoing invasive, lengthy, or multiple dental procedures. This may involve complex treatments like wisdom teeth extraction, root canals, or extensive restorative work. They can manage these more extensive treatments easily and comfortably by opting for oral sedation.
Traditional intravenous (IV) sedation or local anesthesia injections can be intimidating for those with a fear of needles. Oral sedation provides an alternative that does not involve needle injections, making it a more appealing choice for individuals with this fear.
Don't let dental fear or anxiety prevent you from achieving optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. For more information, visit Allen Creek Family Dentistry at 6618 64th St. NE, Suite C, Marysville, WA 98270, or call (360) 651-2900.