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2 Misconceptions You May Have About Receiving Sedation During Dental Visits

If you have always been nervous about going to the dentist, you may have researched ways to deal with your anxiety during the visits. While conducting your research, you may have come across information about dental sedation or have had it suggested as a way to help you.

However, you may be reluctant to even bring it up with your dentist, especially if you have received the wrong information about it. Below is the truth behind a couple of misconceptions that you may have about receiving sedation during your visits to the dentist.

1. Sedation Will Knock You Out Completely During the Dental Visit and Leave You Out of It for the Rest of the Day

One misconception you may have about receiving sedation at the dentist's office is that it will completely knock you out. You may believe that you will be unconscious during the entire visit and that it will leave you out of it for the rest of the day.

However, this type of sedation is typically intravenous (IV) sedation, and while it is given at times, is not the only option. Sedation can also come in the form of a pill, nitrous oxide gas, or conscious sedation that will let you relax without making you completely unconscious.

2. Sedation Can Only Be Given to You If You Are Having Major Dental Work Done, Such as a Root Canal or Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Even with knowing the various types of sedation, you may have the misconception that you can only receive it for major dental work. You may believe that the dentist only offers sedation for such procedures as a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction.

However, sedation can also be given to dental patients who have anxiety about minor work such as cavity fillings or even cleanings. A sedative in pill form or nitrous oxide gas is often offered for these instances to help you relax and be more comfortable while the dentist works quickly on your teeth.

When given sedation at the dentist's office, the types can range from a pill you take before your visit to IV sedation that makes you completely unconscious. Even if you are not having major dental work, you can still receive mild sedation for fillings or even cleanings, especially if you have anxiety about having your teeth worked on. For more information about sedation dentistry, contact service providers like Drs Bradford and Catchings