5 Myths About Sedation Dentistry

When it comes to sedation for dental treatments, there are still a lot of misconceptions about how it works, when it can be used, and the effects it has or might have on the patients. 

Let's get one thing straight from the beginning: sedation isn't only necessary in the case of complex and lengthy procedures. It can also be helpful when a patient experiences fear and anxiety or if they suffer from a condition that doesn't allow them to sit still for long periods. 

Sedation can make it possible for people with dental anxiety to get the treatment they need. 

So, let's debunk some of the most common myths about sedation. 

Types of Sedation 

A lot of people think that you fall asleep when you are under sedation. That's not necessarily true as there are different types of sedation: 

  • Local anesthesia will numb the area to ensure pain-free intervention
  • The level of sedation can also vary from mild to moderate and deep. It can be administered orally or intravenously. 
  • General anesthesia is only used for longer and very complex procedures. 

5 Myths About Sedation Dentistry

Misconceptions about sedation can influence the decision of visiting a dentist. Let's explore 5 myths regarding dentistry sedation and how to approach them. 

  • Sedation Is Not Safe 

While it is true some type of sedation might not be the best option for some patients, generally speaking, sedation is safe. Of course, the type your dentist will recommend depends on the treatment you need and your medical history. 

  • Sedation Is for Everyone

Yes, it can be administered to a large majority of people, but there are some exceptions like: pregnancy, allergy, other medical conditions that would neutralize its effect or cause other issues. 

  • Sedation Is Only for Complex Procedures

Sedation is indeed used for complex procedures, but it can also be recommended for simpler ones if it means a more relaxed and enjoyable visit. Sedation will help you relax so if you are experiencing anxiety, it's best to let your dentist know so that they can recommend the right sedation option for you. 

  • Sedation Will Put You to Sleep

The only type of sedation that puts you to sleep is general anesthesia. Other types of sedation only induce a relaxing feeling, calming the nervous system. 

  • Sedation Is Not for Children 

Just as adults, children can experience dental fear and anxiety. Sometimes, they have to go through more complex dental procedures that require them to stay still for long periods. With the right guidance and supervision from the dentist, children can also benefit from sedation dentistry. 

Call Us to Book Your Appointment 

If you have any other doubts regarding sedation dentistry, we encourage you to talk to a professional to understand the purpose of it and what works for you. It can only help you in solving your dental problems and enjoying a beautiful and healthy smile.

At Coronado Family Dental, we want to make sure that our patients get not just superior dental treatment, but also a great experience. 

Contact us now to book your appointment.