People choose to be sedated for dental treatments for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes it is necessary for a long and complicated procedure, but in other cases it’s more about how you feel when you see the dentist.
What is Dental Sedation?
Sedatives are medications that can make you feel calm and relaxed. Although sedation is sometimes described as sleep dentistry, the medication won’t actually make you sleep. You’ll be conscious during the treatment, but you won’t be as aware of what’s going on. Your memories will also be a bit fuzzy.
Reasons to Choose Dental Sedation
The decision to have sedation for your dental treatment is a very personal one. It will depend on the type of treatment you are having and how you feel about it. Your dentist might recommend sedation for certain procedures, but you can also have it for simpler treatments if you are feeling nervous.
The most common reasons for choosing dental sedation are:
- Long or complex procedures: if your dental treatment is going to take some time or it will involve more difficult procedures, then it can be a good idea to consider sedation. Even if you’re usually calm at the dentist, it can be stressful to have to stay still and wait while the treatment is completed.
- Sensitive gag reflex: if you have a strong gag reflex then it can cause problems for some kinds of dental treatment or make you feel uncomfortable. Sedation can reduce this reflex. It can prevent other kinds of movement and help with issues such as nausea or sensitive teeth too.
- Difficulty sitting still: keeping still can be important during dental treatment, but it can be very difficult for some people. Sedation can help you to stay still and relaxed.
- Pain management: sedation can play a role in pain management as you may feel less discomfort after the procedure. It can therefore be a good choice for complex dental treatments or if you are particularly sensitive to pain.
- Anxiety: it’s normal to feel a bit nervous about dental treatment, especially if it will involve procedures like drilling. You might want to try other relaxation techniques first, but if these don’t help then sedation can be an effective option.
- Dental phobia: if your fear of the dentist is preventing you from getting the care that you need, then dental sedation could be the solution. It can help you to remain calm during your examination or treatment.
If you think that dental sedation might be the right option for you, then you should ask your dentist about it. We’ll explain the risks and benefits of sedation in detail. We’ll also ensure that you know what to expect if you are sedated so that you can make an informed choice about your care.