When is sedation used in dentistry?
Sedation is used in dentistry for a lot of different procedures, and sometimes for more basic procedures if deemed necessary.
For example, dental sedation is often used for patients getting dental implants put in, and for patients getting wisdom teeth extracted. Both of these procedures can be lengthy and uncomfortable, especially if the wisdom teeth are impacted or otherwise in difficult positions.
Another common use for sedation is for full clearances where it is required to remove all or many teeth. Essentially, sedation is useful for any procedure that takes a relatively long time, and that could be uncomfortable or distressing for the patient to sit through.
As such, it is sometimes also used for patients who have dental anxiety or a strong gag reflex.
How do I know if I should use sedation?
In some cases, your dentist may recommend sedation for an upcoming procedure. You can of course decline the sedation if you prefer not to take it, but generally speaking, if a dentist recommends this option, it’s likely because the procedure would be long and uncomfortable without it.
That said, you can also speak to your dentist about sedation if you are anxious or concerned about a treatment. If sedation means that you will go ahead with a treatment you need for your oral health rather than put it off indefinitely, then it could be a good option for you.