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The Truth Behind 2 Misconceptions You May Have About Getting Sedation During Dental Procedures

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures. However, you may have heard stories from other people that have led you to have a misguided view of it, making you hesitant to ask your dentist about receiving sedation. If so, below is the truth behind a couple of these misconceptions you may have about getting sedation when you visit your dentist.

1. Sedation Is Reserved for Major Dental Procedures and People Who Are Afraid of Going to the Dentist 

One misconception you may have about receiving sedation during your dental appointments is that you may believe that it is used only for major procedures. Or, you may have heard that it is reserved only for people who have an intense fear of going to the dentist.

While both of these are reasons why sedation is given during a visit with a dentist, they are not the only ones. Sedation can also be used for minor procedures, helping to make you comfortable when having a cavity filled or even getting your teeth cleaned if you have sensitive teeth. It can also suppress your gag reflex if you tend to have issues whenever objects are put in your mouth.

2. Sedation for Dental Procedures Is Only Given Through an Intravenous (IV) Line

Another misconception that you may have that has kept you from seeking out sedation during your visits to the dentist is that it must be administered through an intravenous (IV) line. While this is one option, especially for extensive dental work, there are other less invasive ways that the dentist can sedate you.

One way is that they can administer nitrous oxide through a mask that can help to keep you relaxed. Your dentist may also opt to give you an oral sedative that you can take before you arrive at the dentist to help keep you calm and comfortable during the visit.

Although you may believe that sedation is only given for major procedures or reserved for people terrified of going to the dentist, it can be given for simple procedures to help relax you and make you more comfortable. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can receive the sedation via nitrous oxide gas and a pill, not just through an IV line. Make an appointment with a dentist to speak to them about sedation dental treatment if you are interested in learning more.