Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, though vital, are only a part of a proper oral health care routine. Whether you need a cleaning and exam, or you have an issue that needs to be addressed, professional dental visits are essential for maintaining the health of your mouth. Dental visits help to prevent issues from occurring or prevent them from becoming worse. However, if you have fears or anxiety about going to the dentist, even a routine cleaning and exam can be frightening. At National Dental Sunnyside, we can help to ease your fears with sedation dentistry.
WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Fear and anxiety about dental visits is a fairly common problem. These fears and anxieties can keep you from scheduling an appointment, whether it’s a serious issue, or if it is for a routine cleaning and exam. Ignoring dental visits can lead to serious oral health complications. The longer you go without treatment, the more you run the risk of requiring more invasive procedures.
When you are anxious, sedation can help. Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective way to allow you to relax and remain calm while you get the treatment you need. Sedation is also effective if:
- You have a low pain tolerance or very sensitive teeth.
- You cannot sit still very long.
- You have a bad gag reflex.
- Your treatment will take a long time, or you have an extensive amount of dental work that needs to be done.
Oral sedation is a type of moderate, conscious sedation. This means that you remain awake, but you are completely relaxed. Oral sedation involves the use of a medication that you take by mouth before arriving at your appointment. The medication produces a relaxing effect that is known for having an amnesic effect, meaning that you may not remember your dental treatment.
With oral sedation, we will provide you with a prescription that is to be taken one hour before your appointment. It typically takes about half an hour for the medication to begin to work, but this time varies from patient to patient. It is important that you have someone who can drive you to your appointment. You will also need someone to drive you home as well, as the effects can linger for several hours.
There are several benefits of sedation dentistry:
- It is safe.
- It is effective. You will be able to get your necessary dental treatments done.
- Your oral health will be improved.
If fears or anxieties are keeping you from getting the dental treatment you need, sedation dentistry may be able to help. Contact National Dental Sunnyside today at (718) 925-3365 to learn more.