While dental sedation is not usually offered for regular dental cleanings or checkups, we may be able to offer it for patients with extreme anxiety.
Who needs sedation for dentistry?
If you recognize issues that you have in any of the following points, you may consider dental sedation:
- Phobia around dental procedures
- Small mouth that becomes sore during dental work
- Resistance to local anesthetic
- General anxiety disorder
- Previous bad experience(s) with dental work
- Unusually sensitive oral nerves
Dental sedation can help you undergo the dental treatment that you need if you suffer from any of the above issues. For example, dental sedation can help patients get through anything from root canals and tooth extractions, to dental implant procedures, with a minimum of stress.
That said, dental sedation is typically not offered for regular dental cleanings, x-rays, and other routine dental care. Cases of extreme anxiety, however, may be considered a viable reason for sedation during those procedures.
How do I know if dental sedation is right for me?
If you tend to feel extremely anxious about the prospect of going to the dentist, talk to your dentist. He will be able to advise you on whether dental sedation is right for you, and if so, what type would be most beneficial.