Do your palms sweat when it’s time to visit the dentist? Maybe you need an upcoming procedure, and you’re concerned about pain? No matter the reason, dental sedation can provide a comfortable, pain-free appointment; however, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding it. The media often features sedation dentistry negatively without reporting the benefits. It’s normal to have concerns because there’s a lot of misinformation about the services. Don’t let rumors stand in your way of getting the comfortable care you need. Here are the facts to 4 common dental sedation myths to make the best decision about your oral health needs.
Myth #1: Sedation dentistry is only used for surgical procedures.
Fact: It’s true, sedation is recommended for complex or multiple surgical procedures, like dental implants; however, it can be used for other purposes. There are several types of sedation to cater to a variety of situations, even routine cleanings. Whether you suffer from dental-related fears, have a strong gag reflex, or need an invasive procedure, sedation dentistry can help you sit back and relax.
Myth #2: Sedation dentistry isn’t safe.
Fact: We’ve all seen stories on the news about patients suffering adverse complications after using sedation. Often, the media leaves out key information, like a patient’s health history. Sedation dentistry is safe when used on the ideal candidate and when administered by a trained professional. Your dentist will review your medical history to ensure there aren’t any issues that might increase your risk of complications. If you have pre-existing health conditions, don’t worry. Since there are multiple types of sedation, your dentist can find one that safely meets your needs. Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is the safest solution for patients, including children.
Myth #3: Anyone can benefit from sedation dentistry.
Fact: Although sedation dentistry is safe, it isn’t right for everyone. Pregnant women shouldn’t use sedation because it can affect the developing baby. If you have allergies to certain sedatives, your dentist will create a personalized plan to ensure your safety. Certain medical conditions can also interfere with the effectiveness of sedation or place you at risk of complications.
Myth #4: You’ll spill your secrets.
Fact: You’ve likely gotten a kick out of videos showing people after they’ve used sedation, like nitrous oxide. Although the videos may be amusing, you don’t want to spill your secrets. Although nitrous oxide is known to make people laugh, it doesn’t cause you to lose control of yourself.
Your dentist will take the time to address your concerns to put your mind at ease. You can enjoy your time in the dental chair using a sedative that’s right for you.
About Dr. Tyler Haradon
Dr. Haradon earned his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine before completing a 3-year residency in periodontics and implant surgery. He has also undergone additional training in sedation dentistry and is certified in advanced cardiac life support to ensure patient safety. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for sedation dentistry.