Most people who are interested in sedation dentistry have at least some anxiety about dental appointments. Studies show that about 15% of Americans have significant dental anxiety. At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our sedation dentists can help you have a positive, relaxing visit. But did you know that sedation dentistry isn’t just for the fearful? Consider four ways it can help.
- Decreases Sensitivity to Pain
Often, pain at a dental appointment is anticipated. Sedation dentistry eliminates that anticipation and makes you less sensitive to pain. Even if you’re not afraid of dental appointments, sedation dentistry will make your visits more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Controls Gag Reflex
Many people gag when dental tools are put in their mouth. Gagging can be strictly reflexive, or it can indicate some level of anxiety. When you’re relaxed, you’re less likely to gag. A controlled gag reflex can help your dental team move continuously forward with treatment without pauses to accommodate gagging. You’ll be in and out of the dental office faster than ever.
- Helps the Dentist Accomplish More
When you’re relaxed, high-quality dentistry can be accomplished in less time. Your comfort will help the dentist focus on your treatment. There will be no need for you to request pauses in care due to anxiety. Your dentist can move forward and get more accomplished during a single visit than he or she would without sedation dentistry.
- Saves You Time
Sedation dentistry allows our dentists to accomplish more in a single visit. If you are scheduled for a complex or lengthy procedure, such as full-mouth reconstruction, with sedation it is possible to complete it in fewer visits. In some cases, your relaxed state will make it possible for an entire procedure to be completed in one visit instead of two. It can save you the time of traveling to and from appointments and the time spent in our office.
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Whether you’re anxious about dental appointments or not, the dentists at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry can help you determine if sedation dentistry is right for you. If you are interested in discussing your options, contact us to request a consultation with one of our dentists.