Sedation Dentistry Overview
Sedation Dentistry: An Overview
If you look at the statistics related to dental anxiety and its outcomes, you might be shocked. This is because huge numbers of adults avoid getting the kind of dental care they need for optimal health well-being due entirely to anxiety about the dentist. This is why Dr. Norkiewicz and Dr. Deckard of Rockville Dental Arts in Rockville, MD offer their patients the option for sedation dentistry.
Before you think it means you are completely “knocked out” during treatment, you need to know that this is the farthest thing from the truth. In sedation dentistry, a patient is given a form of sedative that has been chosen specifically to alleviate their dental anxiety, or at least reduce it measurably. What does this achieve? There are an astonishing number of benefits to be gained from sedation dentistry. Let’s review them now:
Sedation dentistry can reduce the sense of pain so distinctly that an anesthetic may be unnecessary. Not only does this mean that those who dread the idea of injections will not have to worry about this part of dental care, it also means the cost of those injections is erased from the bill. What that tells us is that the use of sedation dentistry may decrease costs over both the short and the long term.
How? If you are relaxed enough to no longer need an anesthetic injection, it usually means that you are relaxed enough to undergo much longer procedures. In the past, patients with dental anxiety would have to let us know, and the doctors would work as quickly as possible to ensure treatments would last short periods of time. Not only does this interfere with the dentist, preventing them from spending the time they desire, but it also means multiple visits.
After all, without sedation dentistry, some people choose to split treatments over two or more visits. This adds up to a lot of time and additional expense. Just consider that you might need to take some time from work for each visit, and make your way to the office several times. This prolongs recovery too.
The benefits of sedation dentistry then, include the simple fact that you get longer procedure times and allow your dentist to focus on the treatment and not the dental anxiety.
If you have questions about sedation dentistry and discover if it is a good answer for your dental anxiety, just give us a call at our Rockville, MD office at (301) 424-2030. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.