Sedation Dentistry in Salt Lake City Dental Anxiety
Anxiety about going to the dentist is about as old as the art of dentistry. Not every dental procedure is pleasant, and once you’ve had a painful experience, it’s easy to be apprehensive about the dentist’s drill. Some people, children especially, get anxiety even over simple periodic cleanings. About 92 million Americans have anxiety about getting necessary dental care and that leads some of them to avoid the dentist entirely. We don’t have to tell you how risky that is. Dentist visits help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and even more serious tooth and mouth conditions.
One solution to dental office anxiety is sedation dentistry. There are many medical techniques to lower a patient’s anxiety level. Some types, such as nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”), are common and well-known. Others are used less often but better suited to particular patients.
Sedation dentistry, and pediatric sedation dentistry in particular, requires special training, which is why the Reason To Smile staff in our Salt Lake City/Murray office have been educated by DOCS, a highly recognized sedation dentistry training organization. The staff at Reason To Smile is trained in advanced methods of sedation dentistry. They know all about how each sedation treatment method works, how to customize a treatment plan to the individual, and how to communicate with a sedated patient to keep them both safe and calm.
Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
Children, in particular, can develop deeply rooted fears of dental procedures, so it’s important to their oral health and hygiene to help them develop a lifelong positive association with visits to the dentist. Proper sedation doesn’t just eliminate anxiety and pain from the dental experience; it also allows for more work to be done at a time without exhausting a child’s patience. This means procedures that would otherwise have to be stretched to several after-school visits can be taken care of all in one session.
In addition to managing discomfort, pain and anxiety, patients will be more relaxed, which leads to less muscle soreness after procedures. Furthermore, some types of sedation dentistry treatment have amnesiac effects, so the patient won’t even remember the visit afterward. During the session, patients will be relaxed and calm, and will be able to answer questions and respond to directions. And later, memories of the experience will be softened to a general, comfortable impression of the visit.
Not all patients require or benefit from sedation dentistry treatment options, but having them available may add to the quality of your family’s visits to the dentist’s office. If you live in Salt Lake City, Murray, Millcreek, Holladay, Cottonwood Heights or the surrounding area, Call Reason To Smile to explore your sedation dentistry treatment options for your next dental visit.