A Patient’s Guide To Oral Sedation
At Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental, we believe in offering our patient’s treatment options. We know that no two patients are alike, and neither are their dental needs. One of these options that we offer patients is oral sedation dentistry. We understand that many patients suffer from dental anxiety, and we know how hard it can be to overcome, even for simple dental visits. This is how we knew oral sedation was something we needed to bring into our practice.
Why We Believe In Oral Sedation
We realized that there are a lot of patients out there who are scared of getting dentistry done. For some of them, they feel their personal space is invaded, which can cause anxiety and even emotional distress. Others are traumatized by past dental experiences involving pain and discomfort.
Dental anxiety can be a hurdle that patients struggle emotionally to overcome. These patients can be tough to numb, hard to comfort or they may even avoid dental appointments altogether. If these patients aren’t coming in for their regular appointments, their dental health may begin to decline.
In some cases, this decline in oral health can even become a personally embarrassing situation for the patient. We strive to always exceed the American Dental Associations’ (ADA) expectations and requirements when it comes to dental sedation. That way, we can offer these patients an option that will limit the anxiety they experience.
Dental Anxiety Is Normal
We go above and beyond to treat patients with dental anxiety as people, not patients with a problem. In fact, we don’t see dental anxiety as a problem at all. It’s a normal, natural reaction that some people have to dentistry and that okay. Sedation dentistry helps to ease these patients’ anxiety and ultimately gives them something that they have longed for, the opportunity to achieve great oral health.
They can take personal pride in themselves again, and their self-esteem will increase too. To us, we believe oral sedation can change people’s lives. It gives them the chance to get the dental treatment they need to have the smile of their dreams.
Oral Sedation Helps Your Dentist Too
At Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental, we follow very safe, conservative sedation protocols that are scientifically proven. Oral sedation dentistry is the perfect solution to dental anxiety. With a little medication, our patients who have dental-based anxiety are given the opportunity to have a quality experience. However, the patient isn’t the only one that oral sedation helps!
Oral sedation also increases our efficiency, especially for patients who are getting a lot of work done during a single appointment. It allows us to get more sophisticated treatments accomplished in a smaller time-frame. For patients, time melts away, and they are not stressed. Sedation dentistry can even benefit them postoperatively, as they tend to be more comfortable and less stressed from the procedure itself.
In our opinion, sedation dentistry is a win-win situation. The patient is comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure while we are given the opportunity to work as efficiently as possible. We understand how hard it is for patients with dental anxiety, and we try to comfort them in every way possible, including oral sedation. For more information on oral sedation and how you can reap the benefits at your next dental appointment, please feel free to contact us today.