Dental anxiety and fear of dental treatment are serious issues that affect millions of Americans. Unfortunately, many of these patients miss out on essential care due to their reluctance to visit the dentist. In fact, it’s been estimated that as many as 20 percent of Americans will only go to the dentist when their symptoms become unavoidable.
For people who are reluctant to visit the dentist, Dr. Cederbaum offers sedation dentistry, a way to eliminate anxiety and other issues which prevent patients from getting the care they need. Dental sedation allows you to remain comfortable while you get the care you deserve.
For your convenience, we provide three types of sedation–oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry?
There are several types of patients who benefit from sedation dentistry:
One of the most common reasons for sedation dentistry is to offset a patient’s dental fear or anxiety. When patients avoid regular checkups due to dental anxiety, it will exacerbate the situation. That’s because these visits provide essential preventative treatments such as dental cleanings. Without regular checkups, a patient is much more likely to develop issues that require more extensive treatment. And the sooner we discover an issue such as a cavity or gum disease, the easier it is to treat. With dental sedation, patients are able to receive the care they need without suffering any discomfort.
Other reasons why patients choose sedation dentistry include:
- Gag Reflex–For some patients, having any type of object placed in their mouth triggers a muscle contraction known as a gag reflex. This makes treatment difficult, but it can be easily remedied through sedation dentistry
- Sensitive Teeth or a Low Pain Threshold–Some patients find dental treatment to be extremely uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be thanks to sedation dentistry.
- Difficulty Sitting Still–Dental procedures cause many patients to fidget or squirm around in their seats, often making treatment difficult. Dental sedation allows these patients to sit still while they get the care they need.
- Patients Requiring Extensive Treatment–Patients who are scheduled to undergo extensive treatments can receive their care more comfortably and quickly using dental sedation.
Three Options for Sedation
In addition to being a dentist, Dr. Cederbaum is a licensed pharmacist, which provides her with special expertise when it comes to sedation. She’s also licensed by the state of Washington to administer IV sedation. We feature three types of sedation, but sedation is not available for patients under 12.
Oral sedation is an easy option for patients facing dental anxiety. You simply take a pill before your appointment, allowing you to relax throughout your treatment. And we can also provide you with a pill to help you sleep the night before your appointment. With oral sedation, you shouldn’t eat anything on the day of your appointment and it’s necessary to arrange transportation. Plan to have someone drive you to your appointment and pick you up afterward.
Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas,” is inhaled by the patient. It can be administered right before treatment and it wears off quickly, so you can drive yourself home after a brief recovery period.
Intravenous (IV) sedation, is administered directly to your veins. It’s commonly used for long procedures. With IV sedation, you can sleep through demanding treatments such as wisdom tooth extraction. You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home following your treatment, however.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or if you would like to arrange an appointment with Dr. Cederbaum, please contact our office. Just give us a call or fill out the form and someone from our office will get right back to you.