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5 Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Woman getting nitrous oxide

There are multiple sedation dentistry techniques out there that are generally used to help patients feel relieved of dental anxiety while they are in the office. The use of nitrous oxide and oral sedation both help to make the dental experience more pleasant for those who have dental phobia. However, there are many other benefits to sedation dentistry than just allowing patients to feel more easily relaxed. Continue reading to learn more about the many pros of sedation dentistry in Marble Falls.

Anxiety Relief

The greatest advantage of sedation dentistry is that it allows nervous patients to feel more relaxed when they have to go through a dental procedure. Dental anxiety is estimated to affect about 36% of the population and a further 12% suffer from extreme dental fear. Sedation dentistry allows for many patients who would normally be overwhelmed to receive essential dental care while in a state of comfort.

Induces Amnesia

For many patients, their dental anxiety stems from an unpleasant dental experience in the past and has gotten worse as time goes on. However, with some sedation dentistry techniques, patients leave the office with no memory of their treatment. This often reduces the fear that they will feel as their next visit is coming up.

Relieves Pain

Part of the reason many people fear the dentist is because they are afraid that it will be painful. However, with sedation dentistry, patients are much less likely to feel any discomfort. This is because the brain cannot register pain when it’s under the influence of powerful sedatives and anesthetics.

Reduces Gag Reflex

The gag reflex has the purpose of expelling foreign objects. Normally, this is a good thing, but when the dentist is in your mouth trying to complete a procedure, this can cause issues. With sedation dentistry, the medication will paralyze the gag response so you will be less likely to experience any related complications.

Quicker Treatment

Patients aren’t going to be moving around as much while under the influence of sedatives and anesthetics. This makes it much easier for your dentist to work faster and more efficiently without having to worry about your reaction to the procedure. This means you will be in and out quicker than you normally would be.

If dental anxiety is something that has been keeping you from getting essential dental care, ask your dentist about their sedation dentistry options. This way, you can get the treatments you need, worry-free!

About the Author

Dr. Greg Ritchie is an experienced dentist who has been practicing for more than 18 years. He earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio before completing a one-year residency at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital where he received special training in numerous topics including sedation dentistry. He is also a member of the American and Texas Dental Associations. For more information on your sedation dentistry options or to schedule an appointment at Dr. Ritchie’s office in Marble Falls, visit his website or call (830) 693-8833.


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