Going to the dentist is a regular part of preventative care, but not everyone includes it in part of their wellness plan. When you haven’t been for your regular checkups in a while, or when trauma happens to your mouth, sometimes the problems that follow are more severe than basic dental care can fix, and sedation might be suggested.
With regular checkups, your dentist can prevent issues from creeping up in your oral hygiene or notice symptoms that you might miss. Dental care at home should also be part of your daily routine, flossing and brushing regularly.
However, this isn’t possible for everyone, for different reasons. But by the time a dental issue is symptomatic, it often becomes painful. A simple problem that could have been easily fixed if it was caught earlier becomes one that has to be corrected with a procedure that needs sedation.
While this might sound scary, Dr. Throop and staff explain every step so you know what is going on. Our goal is to help you relax so we can safely take care of your dental needs.
Sedation dentistry is practiced by specialists like Dr. Throop and used when there is a procedure that is more complicated than a topical anesthesia can help. But when sedation is recommended, it’s important for you to know the facts about it before you make a decision.
A lot of the fear behind sedation is based on untrue statements. There’s no need for you to be fully unconscious, and you have a lot of say in the type of sedation you undergo.
Depending on the procedure you’re having done, you will have different options. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each with you and help you to make an informed choice.
Sedation can be anything from simple laughing gas to put you in a relaxed state, to an IV for immediate relief. IV sedation is rarely used because there are so many other types to choose from, but people who are very anxious about their procedure often request the IV since it works so quickly.
Another reason people frequently wait until it’s too late to take care of their dental health is because they think it’s going to be expensive. Regular checkups are affordable, but complex procedures when a problem can’t be easily fixed are definitely more expensive.
Sedation comes in multiple forms that fit any budget. If your problems require you to be sedated in order to address them, ask about your options and the possibility of insurance covering them.
When you let the experts at City of Oaks Dental take care of your oral health, you’re in great hands. No matter what the procedure is, we walk you through each step and answer any questions you may have before we continue. Whether it’s related to insurance or treatments, we want you fully informed of everything that concerns you.
Our goal is to help you take care of your dental needs safely and as comfortably as possible. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for all of your sedation and non-sedation dental care.