SEDATION DENTISTRY: AN OVERVIEW
Many patients neglect their dental health due to an overwhelming fear of the dentist. Whether it is because of previous negative experiences in a dental office or a traumatic experience from a dental procedure, dental anxiety is an issue that Dr. Huckin is prepared to work with you on. Our office strives to help patients feel comfortable and informed every step of the way.
For more extreme cases of dental anxiety, Dr. Huckin offers dental sedation to help patients relax during their visit so that they can receive any necessary procedures without the extra stress. Dental sedation involves the use of an oral conscious sedative that is often taken at home before your procedure. While sedated, patients feel noticeably more relaxed, allowing our team to perform all necessary treatments and procedures.
If you, or someone you know, experience severe dental anxiety, know that Dr. Huckin is here to help. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to assist patients in being proactive about their dental healthcare. It’s extremely important to your overall wellbeing to take care of your teeth, gums, and jaw structure. That’s why we ask that our patients come in every six months to visit us. We are prepared to make these visits as pleasant as possible for even the most anxious patient!
HOW DOES ORAL SEDATION WORK?
Oral conscious sedation is taken as a prescribed pill which typically includes an at-home dose to ensure you are completely relaxed by the time you arrive for your scheduled treatment. We ask that patients take extra precautions and have someone escort them to and from our office for their safety. Additionally, Dr. Huckin uses a local anesthetic to numb any affected areas that require treatment to relieve pain and prevent further discomfort. It will take time for the sedative and numbing products to wear off, so patients should plan the days of their treatment accordingly.
Sedation dentistry is especially beneficial to patients who:
- Have a low pain tolerance
- Struggle to sit still
- Suffer from very sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need several dental procedures done at one time
It’s important to note that patients utilizing oral sedatives will typically remain awake and alert throughout the procedure. The prescribed medicine helps patients remain calm while also allowing them to keep their bodily autonomy. Some patients may feel sleepy or even fall asleep while sedated or have little to no memory afterward. The effects of the medication differ from patient to patient, and Dr. Huckin will go over all necessary information with you beforehand so that you are prepared.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
If you are interested in sedation dentistry options, contact our office. We would be happy to see you for a consultation and discuss our available sedation options with you. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have on this process.