When Do Dentists Use Sedation?

If you have anxiety or nerves about visiting the dentist, you may have some concerns about an upcoming appointment. You may even wonder if you can use sedation to get through the appointment.

While it's not always necessary, there are some instances where your dentist may recommend using sedation.

When You Need a Filling 

If you have a fear of needles, this can make getting dental work done very difficult. It may even prevent you from getting the care that you need. If you are so afraid of needles that the dentist is not even able to numb your mouth for a filling, you may benefit from sedation before the procedure begins.

When You Need an Extraction

Dental extractions can be difficult even for people who do not have dental anxiety. Removing a tooth can feel strange, so sedation is often recommended to ensure that you can feel comfortable.

When You Need a Root Canal

Root canals are one of the most feared dental procedures. It makes sense that you might have some fears about this procedure, which removes the nerve and pulp from an infected tooth. In addition to traditional numbing, you may benefit from sedation so you are completely unaware of what is happening.

When You Need Major Dental Work 

Sedation may be recommended for multi-step dental work because it can be difficult to sit still for a long period of time when you are getting a lot of work done. For example, you may benefit from sedation if you need an extraction and a root canal, for instance.

When You Have a Low Pain Threshold

If you have a low pain threshold, you may find that even getting a filling can be quite painful. Some people are simply not as affected by traditional numbing methods as they should be. If numbing your mouth does not help, sedation may be recommended.

When You Have a Sensitive Gag Reflex

If you have a sensitive gag reflex, it can be difficult to get dental work done. Even if the dentist is able to numb your mouth, the simple act of having someone in your mouth can trigger your gag reflex. Sedation can prevent the gag reflex from reacting so quickly.

Talk to Your Dentist About Sedation Options 

Sedation can be a helpful tool in getting the dental care that you need. It is important to talk to your dentist about any concerns that you have. If you are feeling anxious about an upcoming appointment, sedation may be an option for you.

Learn more about sedation dentistry before your next dental procedure.