Questions about Sedation Dentistry
Encinitas, Carlsbad, and San Diego
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a technique for helping you get the dental treatments you need and desire despite your dental anxiety. There are many different techniques used, but the goal is to help you be in a relaxed state during dental visits. You will be awake, aware, and able to respond to questions or instructions, but you will not feel anxious and you will not remember much about your dental appointment.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a good treatment option for anyone who has avoided dental treatment for virtually any reason. In particular, if can help if you have:
- Dental fear or anxiety
- A strong gag reflex
- Dental sensitivity
- Discomfort when holding your jaw open for dental procedures
The only reason you may not be a candidate for sedation dentistry is if you are taking medications that may interact with the sedation methods, have medical conditions that may increase your risk of adverse effects, or are allergic to the sedation medications.
What types of sedation do you offer?
Dr. Mary A. Walsh-Cole offers two options for dental sedation:
- Oral sedation, a prescription drug you take prior to your dental visit
- Nitrous oxide, a gas that is administered during your visit
Both methods are effective, but which one is right for you depends on a number of factors. Dr. Walsh-Cole will make a recommendation during your consultation.
Is sedation dentistry the same as sleep dentistry?
No. Sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep. You remain awake and semi-conscious during your treatment. Sedation dentistry is a safer alternative to sleep dentistry, which uses a general anesthesia that is accompanied by an increased risk of serious complications, especially cardiopulmonary complications.
Do all dentists offer sedation dentistry?
No. Sedation dentistry is available only at a limited number of dental offices. If you have dental anxiety, you will benefit greatly from working with a dentist who offers this treatment that can make you more comfortable during your dental appointments as well as after.
If you live in the San Diego area and would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Mary A. Walsh-Cole today to schedule an appointment.