IS SEDATION DENTISTRY RIGHT FOR YOU?

When patients come to the Gendler Dental Center in Hopkins, MN they may wonder if sedation dentistry is right for you? We consult with patients to help them understand the various levels of sedation dentistry and ultimately make the choice on not only whether to use sedation dentistry during a dental procedure, but what level is right for them and their comfort level.

Is sedation dentistry right for you?

  • Sedation dentistry is a good choice if you don’t want to be aware of what’s happening during a your dental procedure
  • Sedation dentistry might be a good choice if you want to minimize the memory of the dental work
  • If you’ve been avoiding having dental work or a dental cleaning because of your fear or anxiety relating to the pain or discomfort of a procedure
  • If you’re looking at a long procedure, such as getting a dental implant, and you know that sedation dentistry will alleviate both your fear and your pain
  • If you have a bad gag reflex, sedation dentistry will help alleviate that and allow you to undergo dental procedures and dental treatments

Sedation dentistry at Gendler Dental Center may not be right for you if:

You have a fear of drugs or the potential side effect of sedation (be aware, though, that many sedation options have no side effects)
If you have a fear of relinquishing control or have difficulty trusting others
If you worry that sedation might interefer with your decision-making process during a dental procedure. Be aware, though that decisions about your dental procedures and treatments are made during the dental treatment planning phase, not typically during a dental procedure
If you have been avoiding the dentist because of your fear, schedule a dental consulation with one of our dentists at our Hopkins, MN office and take time to get your questions answered thoroughly.

Here are questions to ask about sedation dentistry:

  • Have you had dedicated training in oral sedation?
  • Are you affiliated with local hospitals, in case there is a need for emergency care due to a reaction to sedation? Be aware that this is extremely rare
  • What are the potential risks associated with the type of sedation I have chosen?/li>
  • How many procedures have you performed using sedation dentistry?
  • Will I be awake during the procedure?
  • Will I need someone to drive me to and from my dental appointment?

Please note that we provide IV sedation and that is one of the most stable forms of anesthesia provided during a dental procedure. Ask about all of the options available for sedation dentistry before you choose one method.

Sedation dentistry is becoming very common in dental practices today. The reason for this is that close to 80% of all American patients admit to having dental anxiety or dental phobia. In fact, dental fear is one of the most common fear that patients attest to. Sedation dentistry allows patients to undergo dental treatments and dental cleanings in a way that relieves their anxiety.

If fear has kept you from addressing your dental health, give our Hopkins, MN dental office a call and schedule a consultation so you can understand your sedation dentistry options.

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