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Sedation Dentistry Can Make Fear a Thing of the Past

Posted on 5/10/2017 by Jonathan Woodyard
A close up of a patient receiving sedation dentistry.
Many people avoid going to the dentist because they fear pain. There was a time when that was a valid fear. Dentistry, in the not too distant past, could be a painful experience. Teeth were drilled, filled, or pulled without anything to numb the pain.

But happily, those days are over. With sedation dentistry, you can now visit your dentist without fear. Perhaps you will now visit your dentist before you have a problem.

So What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry provides an anxiety-free environment for you so that you can get the routine dental care you require. Unlike sedation used for operations, sedation dentistry does not put you completely to sleep. You don't have to have an IV inserted into a vein. With sedation dentistry, you will receive oral sedation or inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide).

Oral sedatives such as tranquilizers, depressants, and anti-anxiety medications) are given to the patient to help them relax. Once under sedation, local anesthetics are injected into your gums to numb the area the dentist is working on. You won't feel a thing.

Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

The main advantage to sedation dentistry is that you will no longer feel anxiety about going to the dentist. You will make appointments for routine care that will help your dentist prevent major problems with your teeth and fix problems that crop up, like minor cavities for example, before they become a large problem that could require a root canal, for example.

Another advantage of sedation dentistry is that while you are sedated, your sense of time is off. You may come to after a procedure that took a couple of hours, feeling as though it only took a few minutes.

Because some complex dental procedures can take several hours, they used to be broken up into several appointments. With sedation dentistry, you can now get these procedures completed with far less visits to the dentist which results in less time off.

Contact our office about sedation dentistry.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

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