Generally dental sedation is not offered for standard checkups or cleanings. However, for patients who suffer from extreme anxiety we may be able to offer dental sedation to help them get the dental treatment they need.
Who benefits from sedation for dentistry?
Dental sedation might benefit those with any of the following conditions:
- Phobia around dental procedures
- General anxiety disorder
- Previous bad experience(s) with dental work
- Unusually sensitive oral nerves
- Small mouth that becomes sore during dental work
- Resistance to local anesthetic
If you suffer from any of the above then dental sedation may be able to help you undergo the dental treatment that you need. Dental sedation can help patients get through anything from root canals and tooth extractions, to dental implant procedures, with a minimum of stress.
However, dental sedation is usually not offered for regular dental cleanings, x-rays, or other routine dental care appointments or treatments. People with extreme anxiety, however, may be considered a viable candidates for sedation during those procedures.
How do you know if dental sedation is right for you?
If you feel extremely anxious about the prospect of going to the dentist, speak to your dentist about it. They will be able to advise you on whether dental sedation is an appropriate option for you, and if so, what type would be most beneficial in your case.