For some patients, going to the dentist for even the most routine of procedures fills them with intense levels of dread. It may even cause them to not seek treatment when it is medically necessary. Sedation dentistry was developed in order to provide a more comfortable setting for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. As with all medical and dental procedures, there are benefits and disadvantages associated with sedation dentistry.
The main benefit of sedation dentistry is to ease the anxiety that dental procedures cause in some people. The fact of the matter is that an infected tooth can potentially be fatal if it is not treated within a reasonable time frame, as it can spread throughout the body. Sedation dentistry allows such a patient to be able to have the infected tooth treated without consciously being aware of it. Mild sedation to general anesthesia is available, and the level of sedation that is administered by our San Fernando Valley dentist usually correlates to the invasiveness of the procedure.
One of the disadvantages associated with sedation dentistry is that receiving sedation usually increases the cost of the procedure that is being done. For oral sedation, it can be hard to gauge the exact level of sedation administered. It is much easier using IV sedation, but some patients have a fear of needles. Our sedation dentist in San Fernando Valley also requires that pre-arranged transportation plans are made after your appointment, as driving yourself home afterwards is not advised after receiving sedation.