When you have a lot of dental work to be done, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of spending several hours in the dentists’ chair. You might wonder how long your procedure will take, and how much pain or discomfort you’ll feel as a result. But you can’t avoid the dentist without putting your dental health at risk. That’s why dental sedation is sometimes your best option. Keep reading to learn more about why sedation dentistry could be right for you.
• You are allergic to numbing agents Certain topical numbing agents have been known to cause an allergic, or even toxic, reaction in some patients. An allergic reaction could result in temporary discomfort, sensitivity, blisters or swelling of the affected area. Sedation is an excellent option if you’ve had a bad reaction to numbing agents in the past. • You feel overwhelming anxiety If a trip to the dentist causes anxiety, then sedation dentistry might be a good option. Sedation can help you to feel calm and relaxed during the procedure so you can take care of your dental health without experiencing worry or stress. • You’ve been avoiding the dentist In some people, the fear of going to the dentist is so great that they simply avoid going for years and years on end. Not only does this put your oral health at risk, it also feeds the source of your fear. When you do finally visit the dentist, you’re more likely to require complicated dental work that results in the very discomfort you were trying to avoid in the first place. • You need dental surgery If you’ll be undergoing a complicated dental procedure such as a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction, you may want to opt for dental sedation. Sedation will reduce the amount of discomfort you experience and help you feel relaxed as your dentist completes the procedure. Sedation also allows your dentist to get more work done in one sitting—rather than doing a small amount of work over multiple visits. To learn more about sedation dentistry, and whether or not it’s the right choice for you, visit Forest Lawn Dental Centre today. Forest Lawn Dental Centre is proud to have served the Calgary community for over 18 years and we accept patients of all ages. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer, to request emergency dental services or to schedule an appointment. Forest Lawn Dental Centre, we’ll make you smile!