The number one health practitioner that people wish they visited more often is the dentist. The Delta Dental Institute revealed that over 40% of Americans think they should see the dentist more than they do. The Placerville Dental Group believes that the primary reason why people stay away from the dentist is the fear of pain during their procedure. But without regular visits to the dentist, tooth pain is almost guaranteed! The solution is sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is also known as sleep dentistry, and officially we call it oral conscious sedation. One simple step helps our patients avoid the things they fear most about dental visits. Here are some of the advantages of sedation dentistry:
- No needles — For sleep dentistry you simply take a pill before your procedure. If you don’t like pills, we can give you the medicine in liquid form.
- Painless procedures — You are sedated during the entire process and have no recollection of the dental procedure. It’s like you were asleep the entire time.
- Less expensive — General anesthetic is much more involved and costs more than sedation dentistry. Oral conscious sedation is safer than anesthetic and full recovery is much quicker.
After oral conscious sedation, you do need a companion to drive you home. For early procedures, you could be back to your normal routine before the day is out. For later procedures, you will feel fine by the next day.
From Cleanings to Root Canal Procedures
Best of all, sedation dentistry is so simple to use that you can ask for it for procedures as simple as your semi-annual teeth cleanings. Fixing cavities, treating root canals, pulling teeth — all of it is stress-free when you request sleep dentistry. All it takes is letting us know when you make your appointment that you want to use sedation dentistry. Our staff takes care of the rest and you have an anxiety-free dental experience.
For more information about how sedation dentistry works, contact us by phone or online at the Placerville Dental Group.