If going to the dentist makes you apprehensive, you’re not alone. Around 40 percent of participants in one study conducted by the National Institutes of Health reported: “some fear” associated with going to the dentist. A further 10.8 percent reported experiencing significant dental phobia.
There are many reasons why our patients may opt for the benefits of sedation dentistry. Our office offers two safe and effective forms of sedation. We even offer a comfort menu with options like pillows, essential oils, and other relaxation items. The doctors of NAPA Dental of ABQ believe that genuinely excellent dental service is both comfortable and effective.
There are many reasons a patient may benefit from the calming effects of sedation dentistry. Some patients have a low pain threshold, meaning that even treatments for cavity removal can be stressful. If you have pain-related concerns, do not hesitate to tell one of our doctors. While sedation does not address the pain directly, when coupled with the numbing effects of local anesthesia, sedation can induce a dream-like state that is both calming and stress-relieving.
If you are undergoing a lengthy restorative or cosmetic treatment, sedation can make time seem to fly by. Under sedation, even procedures that last one, two, or more hours can seem to be over in far less time. This can significantly benefit patients not looking forward to a two-hour treatment.
Some patients simply have difficulty sitting still for an extended period of time. If you suffer from restless leg syndrome or are prone to fidgeting, sedation can help you physically relax throughout your treatment. Sitting still can also aid our doctors as they work to perform intricate treatments on your gums and teeth. For long procedures, sedation can even cut down on your overall treatment time because our doctors can work more efficiently.
Oral conscious sedation is administered via a pill. Patients can pick up their prescription medication at a nearby drugstore. You will be given special instructions on when to take the pill. There are multiple sedation options available that can meet your pain-related needs. The effects of these pills wear off slowly, so you will have to have someone drive you home following your procedure.
Many patients suffer from dental phobia or fidgeting legs. Suppose you have any reservations about undergoing a dental procedure due to the treatment length or pain-related concerns. In that case, one of our doctors can explain how sedation dentistry can transform your treatment into a relaxing visit. To learn more about your sedation options, call (505) 323-7700.