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When to Visit a Sedation Dentist


If you are avoiding visits to your general or cosmetic dentist—whether because of dental anxiety, pain sensitivity, or discomfort in the dental chair—seeing a sedation dentist may be the solution for you. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education), more than 2 million patients have returned to regular dental treatment as a result of the availability of oral and IV sedation. Because general and cosmetic dentists realize how crucial regular dental care is, many are also trained and certified as a sedation dentist. Sedation dentistry gives patients the option of feeling calm and relaxed throughout the dental procedure, with little recollection of the experience.

How do you know if you need to see a sedation dentist? Almost anyone can be a candidate for sedation dentistry, but the following list highlights some of the most common conditions that draw patients to a sedation dentist:

  • ·Fear of needles or visiting the dentist
  • ·Dental anxiety
  • ·Sensitivity to pain
  • ·Muscle tension in back or neck
  • ·Jaw pain
  • ·Difficulty sitting for a long time
  • ·Sensitive gag reflex

Avoiding dental work for one of the reasons listed above can be detrimental to your oral health. Leaving needed dental work undone can lead to serious problems like tooth decay, tooth loss, periodontal disease (gum disease), and other health issues. A sedation dentist can relieve your concerns and make your visit more comfortable and relaxing.

To find a sedation dentist who can help you get the dental care you need, use our Crown Council dentist locator tool on this page to find a qualified sedation dentist in your area.