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February 02 2011

Getting the teeth you need without pain

There are still many people who refuse to go to the dentist for fear of pain. Often that fear arises from a negative experience that happened years ago—sometimes as far back as childhood, when dentistry was not nearly as advanced as it is today. With the advent of sedation, dentistry is now as common as going to the store. So there is no need to fear pain from a dental visit. What really hurts is trying to live with dental problems, and pretending like it will just go away. 

The ultimate goal of sedation is to offer the patient a comfortable experience without resorting to a general anesthetic. In sedation dentistry in Frisco, TX, the patient actually remains conscious, although he will not be aware of the treatment, nor will he remember it later. 

Patients can choose from a variety of sedation dentistry techniques. There is a relatively new technique called needle-free sedation, also known as oral sedation. This is where the patient ingests an oral sedative before coming to the dental office. It will place them in a state of hypnosis, without any fear or anxiety about sitting in the dental chair. That medication is absorbed through the stomach than distributed throughout the bloodstream. Another, more traditional, method is IV sedation, where the medication is delivered directly into the bloodstream.

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Patients can opt for any number of sedation dentistry in Plano, TX techniques from cleanings to extractions. Sedation dentistry can be a particularly beneficial to patients in need of complex, lengthy treatments.

It’s also important to note that, while sedation dentistry is often referred to as “sleep dentistry,” you do not actually fall asleep during the process, although you may feel drowsy.

Keeping your dental health intact is important for your whole body. So if you are unable to visit the dentist at least once a year; preferably every 6 months, then you need to correct this habit as soon as possible.  If you do experience anxiety about visiting your dentist, you might consider scheduling an introductory appointment when you can discuss your concerns with your dentist and create a plan for sedation with your care.

Even if you haven’t visited your Garland dental provider in years, there’s no need to be ashamed. It only takes one appointment to get back on the right dental track, and knowing that sedation is available may motivate you to schedule and keep that appointment.