Dentists everywhere are noting a rising trend: Nearly all patients have misconceptions about sedation dentistry. Whether it is oral or IV sedation dentistry, many U.S. men and women do not understand that sedation can be used for just about any procedure — and it is perfectly safe for nearly all applications, including family dental care. Here are the top myths about sedation dentistry debunked.
Myth: You Have To Be Asleep For Sedation Dentistry
One-third of Americans admit “they are concerned about the look of their teeth,” and 74% worry that a sub-par smile may have lasting effects on their professional career. And yet a startling number of people continue to avoid the dentist. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way — and the number one reason people avoid the dentist (anxiety) is easily solvable.
How can patients overcome dental anxiety? Two words: with sedation. And, no, not all sedation involves being asleep or unconscious. Patients can remain conscious while dentists place cosmetic dental implants, for example. (Or for any other procedure, for that matter.) Patients can choose from nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, or an oral, pill-form sedative that will enable patients to stay awake during treatments without pain. That said, IV sedation — or sleeping through procedures — is a safe and valid option for patients who are especially anxious.
Myth: Sedation Dentistry Is Reserved For Long, Oral Surgeries Or Cosmetic Dental Surgery
Sedation is used primarily for relaxation — to help ease your anxieties and make dental visits more pleasant for you. Really. What’s more, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe for people of all ages (i.e. it’s an option during family dental care). It can even be used during routine procedures, like cleanings, if you suffer from severe dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry is used during implant procedures — and regular procedures, too. Approximately 3 million Americans have dental implants. Sedation is an option for surgeries and routine procedures, and there are at least three different types of sedation for patients to choose from.