3 Reasons Dental Sedation Is Common

Dental health issues like tooth infection and damage, gum disease, and more directly threaten your oral health. However, hesitating to seek treatment for such issues is the reason why they are such a serious threat for some patients, but not others. This is especially the case for patients who exhibit dental phobia, or a strong fear of visiting the dentist or sitting in the dentist’s chair. Fortunately, dental sedation helps most fearful patients relax and address their dental health issues as soon as possible. However, there are reasons to choose dental sedation even if you don’t suffer from a phobia.  

No more anxiety

Anxiety shouldn’t be mistaken for fear or dental phobia. Most patients experience some level of anxiety about visiting the dentist, especially if they’re undergoing a complex restoration or surgical procedure. With mild to moderate sedation, such as nitrous oxide, you can alleviate that anxiety and enjoy a more comfortable visit.

No gag reflex

Besides anxiety, a highly sensitive gag reflex can also be a hindrance to comfortable dental treatment, including routine dental checkups and cleanings. When you’re calm and relaxed with dental sedation, that reflex is substantially damaged so you can be more comfortable and your dentist can complete your treatment more quickly.

Less time in the chair

By eliminating anxiety and/or an overly sensitive gag reflex, dental sedation has become an important tool for dentists to complete a wide range of treatments faster and with higher precision. This means you spend less time in the chair even if you have to undergo multiple treatments or a complex smile restoration plan.

Find Out if You Should Choose Dental Sedation

Dental sedation is common for more than just calming dental fears, but also making a wide range of treatments more comfortable. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.