7 Ways Oral Sedation Makes Dental Treatment More Comfortable

Relaxed patient under oral sedation

With the introduction of oral sedation into the dental industry, dentists today are able to make dental care more relaxing and comfortable for their patients. While dental anxiety is a primary reason that many patients choose to implement oral sedation into their treatment – it’s not the only reason. If you struggle from dental anxiety, have a sensitive gag reflex, or simply tense up when someone is in your personal space, you may find that oral sedation can radically change your dental experience for the better.

Dr. Denes typically prescribes medications, such as Valium or Halcion that should be taken the night before your appointment so you get a good night’s sleep and about 30 minutes prior to arriving to our office. Due to the grogginess you will experience after taking oral sedation, it is important that you arrange for a loved one to drive you to your appointment and pick you up.

To learn how oral sedation can optimize your dental treatment experience, read on, or simply contact our office today. You can reach us online or by calling 559-297-1294.

Reduces Fear and Anxiety

Dental anxiety comes in all levels. While some experience nausea or unease when walking into a dental office, others avoid going to the dentist for years at a time out of extreme fear of needles and dental instruments. It is estimated that nearly 40 million people in the U.S. battle some form of dental anxiety. After taking your dose of oral sedation, you will enjoy peace of mind and have little to no memory of your dental visit, allowing you to receive the necessary care.

Helps Calm the Body

Certain medical conditions, such as chronic back pain or Parkinson’s disease can make sitting in a dental chair difficult. Once the medication is taken, within about 20 to 30 minutes, your body will calm and begin to relax. This type of sedation is also beneficial for patients who have increased anxiety over having someone in close proximity to their mouth and struggle with tension or feelings of helplessness or unease.

Relaxes a Hypersensitive Gag Reflex

The throat has a natural gag reflex built in to keep harmful substances from entering the body. While this reflex is beneficial for your overall health, some struggle with a hypersensitive gag reflex. With this condition, if the back of the throat is stimulated, where the soft palate and posterior pharynx are located, the individual will begin gagging. It is not uncommon for babies or toddlers to have this disorder, especially when new foods are introduced. However, some adults have this disorder, as well, making it difficult to receive dental care. When oral sedation is taken, both your body and throat will be able to relax so that Dr. Denes can perform the necessary treatment.

Allows Multiple Procedures to Be Performed at Once

If you are considering undergoing multiple procedures as part of a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction to streamline your care, oral sedation can help you relax for hours at a time so that the treatment can be performed more efficiently. Even under sedation, you will be able to respond to commands, allowing Dr. Denes to successfully administer treatments to improve your smile.

Want to Know More About Oral Sedation?

If you are interested in learning how oral sedation can minimize your anxiety and improve your dental care, contact our office today by calling 559-297-1294.





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