Taking proper care of your mouth is crucial to preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral health complications. In order to achieve optimal oral health, you need to be brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and using an antibacterial mouthwash. But oral care at home is not enough. Even the most diligent brushers can face decay and gum disease. You need to also visit us at least twice a year for thorough cleanings and exams. At Walla Walla Dental Care, we understand that many people have a fear of going to the dentist. So, in order to help you feel more comfortable, and keep your mouth healthy, we offer sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of certain techniques to help you feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair, whether it’s for something as simple as a dental cleaning, or something more serious, like dental surgery. We have several levels of sedation that can be used based on your specific needs:
There are different types of sedation, and the specific type used is based on your individual needs:
Sedation techniques allow you to be relaxed throughout your entire procedure, allowing you to stay calm and comfortable in the chair. Along with relieving anxiety and fears, sedation can be used for several reasons:
Sedation is also an option if you have children who are afraid, or can’t sit still for a dental cleaning.
Are There Side Effects?
There are some side effects associated with sedation dentistry. One of the most common side effects, which is often a desirable one, is the inability to remember the procedure. You may feel groggy. Depending upon the type of sedation (any other than laughing gas) it is recommended that you arrive at your appointment with someone who can drive you home, as you should not get behind the wheel of a car. Having a family member or friend can also be the added boost of comfort and support you need to get through your appointment.
Your oral health is important. But we also understand that coming to the office can be a frightening concept. If you have reservations about having dental work done, whether it’s a cleaning or a more involved procedure, call Walla Walla Dental Care today at (509) 593-1110 to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you!