Patients search for a St. Paul, MN dentist who offers sedation dentistry for a variety of reasons. At Highgrove Dental Care, we may recommend that patients try sedation dentistry for the following reasons.
Sedation Dentistry Helps with Dental Anxiety
If you have a fear of the dentist or you experience stress when in the dental office, sedation dentistry can calm your nerves and make it possible to relax during your visit.
Sedation dentistry utilizes prescription medication to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of wellbeing. Most patients have little or no memory of their actual procedure, which is something they truly appreciate if the dental chair is not their favorite place to be.
Sedation Dentistry Helps with an Overactive Gag Reflex
Exercises such as breathing steadily through the nose can reduce gagging, but sometimes it is not enough for patients to prevent gagging, especially on a procedure that involves the posterior (back) teeth.
A strong gag reflex can make just about any procedure uncomfortable and once gagging starts, it is difficult to control. Sedation dentistry relaxes the overactive muscles and their auto-response at the back of the throat so that patients can have the dentistry they need in a comfortable and less embarrassing manner.
Sedation Dentistry Helps with Complex or Lengthy Procedures
When patients have a number of crowns to complete, have a surgical procedure planned, or are having veneers prepped or placed, the appointment time can extend beyond a couple of hours.
For some of our patients, lengthy appointments cause them to feel antsy or may even exacerbate an achy back or neck from an injury. Sedation dentistry makes time fly by. The medication used makes it easy to feel like a lengthy appointment was just 30 minutes or so.
Every patient is different, and when you arrive in our St. Paul, MN dental office, we will be happy to discuss whether sedation dentistry can improve your experience. So what're you waiting for? Give us a call today!