Relaxation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about an upcoming appointment with the oral surgeon, but it is possible to truly unwind while you’re in the chair. Thanks to sedation dentistry, previously skittish dental patients are finding their dentist visits to be more comfortable and even enjoyable.
If you’ve never visited a sedation dentist before, here’s an overview of how the process works. First and foremost, the term sedation dentistry can involve mild, moderate or deep sedation. It can range from having “twilight” with nitrous oxide, to full general anesthesia. The medications used produce a relaxing effect for patients, give a sense of amnesia, and can completely eliminate any phobic feelings. With a highly trained, dual-degreed oral surgeon, office-based intravenous sedation is a safe way to have a stress-free and relaxing experience. Not only does sedation allow an oral surgeon to treat anxious patients, it can also reduce the treatment time for complex procedures and benefit patients with hypertension and other medical problems. When under sedation, an oral surgeon can work in the patient’s mouth for longer periods of time and procedures can often be completed in half the time.
If your fear is so great that you have not been to the dentist in many years, please consider sedation dentistry. Beyond maintaining your pearly whites, removing your wisdom teeth will help ensure your gums and neighboring teeth are healthy. Furthermore, poor oral health has been linked to a number of systemic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. So let sedation be your ticket to a healthy smile.
Please contact our office in the Chicago Loop for more information on sedation dentistry.