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What is Sedation Dentistry?

June 2, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Lawrence Michnick
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We understand that visiting the dentist is not always easy, but if you have serious anxiety about dental treatments, you may want to consider sedation dentistry. Even if you don't have dental anxiety, it's an important asset to more intense or lengthy procedures. Moreover, if your anxiety is affecting your ability to visit the dentist for those regular cleanings, you are risking your oral health and your overall health. You simply cannot maintain a healthy mouth with at home care alone. 

Our team of experienced dental professionals can help you through the entire process to ensure that you get the dental care you need, without the stress!

How does Sedation Dentistry Work?

There are many different levels of sedation that your dentist can use depending on your unique treatment needs. There are options for inhaled or pill form sedation, which typically provides a low to moderate effect, and can simply relax you if needed. Or for more in-depth procedures, you might be recommended to do IV sedation, which allows then dentist to control the sedation amount throughout the procedure. Lastly, there is general anesthesia, which allows the patient to be completely sedated through the duration of the treatment. 

Your dentist will be able to work with you to determine the best choice to meet your needs both for treatment and to assist with your dental anxieties. In many cases, your dentist will first apply a local numbing agent to the affected area before beginning the sedation process, which relieves pain that can be caused during your procedure. Here are the main reasons that a patient will under sedation dentistry: 

  • Anxieties are preventing the patient from getting proper care.
  • The patient is unable to sit still during a procedure.
  • A large amount of dental work is needed at once. 
  • The patient has a very low threshold for pain.
  • Very sensitive teeth. 

Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment with our dentist to go over your options, contact our office today for more information. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and our experienced team will help you feel more comfortable at the dentist, and give you the care you need!

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