Is sedation dentistry right for you?

Woman in a dental office having a seat in a medical chair Some people are a bit anxious when they have to go to the dentist, and some people are downright terrified. But seeing your dentist regularly is important for healthy teeth and gums, and to avoid some of the very things you might fear the most, such as having to get dental implants! Thankfully, sedation dentistry is an option. To help you decide if it might work for you, read on!

Things you should know about sedation dentistry

There are different sedation techniques available, and you should discuss them with your dentist so that you have a good understanding of each of them. Here are some things you should know about sedation dentistry:

1. You are still awake and conscious even with sedation dentistry.

2. There are 3 general types of sedation:

• Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation, which can help people who are extremely anxious and/or have to go through a very lengthy procedure. Dr. Jirik uses this type of sedation for dental implant procedures.

• Oral conscious sedation, which is used for mild anxiety. Oral sedatives are administered in the office. Patients who receive either IV sedation or oral conscious sedation must follow strict instructions and should have someone escort them to the office.

• Nitrous oxide is used for minor anxiety. It relaxes the patient during the procedure and wears off quickly once the procedure is done, so patients are able to drive themselves home.

3. You don’t have to be extremely anxious to use sedation. You can ask for sedation even if you are just mildly anxious or even if you just have a very touchy gag reflex.

4. Your dental procedure doesn’t have to be complex for you to ask for sedation. Some patients even request sedation when they are having their teeth cleaned!

It is important to take care of your teeth by visiting the dentist – but it is also important for you to feel calm and comfortable about any procedure you go through at your dentist’s office. For questions about sedation dentistry or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Samuel Jirik’s office in Cabot, Arkansas, for help. Call (501) 843-9561 today!

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