You probably don’t like going to the dentist any more than the next person. Despite that being true, it probably is nice to know that going to the dentist today is a much more peaceful experience than it ever has been in the past. In fact, dentists, as we know them today, have only existed for around a hundred years. Imagine what people had to go through in the past if they had a toothache.
Today, a growing number of dentists are getting a dental anesthesia certification, meaning they can perform sedation dentistry on their patients during their oral surgery. This makes the experience better for both the patient and the dentist. A growing number of insurance providers are covering this process, so be sure to check with your insurer if you are covered. Here are some reasons you should ask your dentist about sedation dentistry.
1. You’re Not Unconscious – Contrary to popular belief, you are not completely unconscious during sedation. Depending on the severity of the procedure, you may even still be able to communicate with your dentist during it. Sedation merely means that you are in a relaxed state during it. It is possible to be completely asleep in some situations, though.
2. Memory – You will have no memory of the event, so there will be no traumatic memories down the road. This may seem minor to you, but it can be a big deal to those with a phobia of going to the dentist.
3. Easier For the Dentist – Patients that are relaxed are easier to work on because they won’t move around during the procedure or become uncomfortable. When the patient holds their position, it is much easier and faster for the person operating on them.
4. Cheaper than you think – Many people avoid getting sedation because they are afraid of the cost. In many cases, it is covered by your insurer. It may also be much cheaper than you think if it is not covered, especially when compared to what could be a very expensive dental procedure. It may be worth it to add a marginal cost to the procedure so it is as comfortable as possible.