Some people don't mind dental work and are happy to remain 100% conscious through most any procedure. But for most people, dental work is at least somewhat unpleasant. Those people tend to seek a service called sedation dentistry. When you undergo a procedure with sedation, you are not fully "out" like you would be with anesthesia. However, you are sedated, which means you are less aware than usual. Beyond being more comfortable, what are the benefits of sedation dentistry? Take a look.
You may experience less anxiety.
Are you the kind of person who gets anxious just thinking about your dental appointment? You might ruminate over the idea of having a dentist's hands in your mouth for an hour, or about the discomfort you think you'll experience when they use the drill. If you opt for sedation, you will know, in the days leading up to your visit, that you can expect a calmer, more relaxing dental experience. This knowledge can thwart a lot of those pre-dental-visit worries and concerns that might be flowing through your mind. You'll be better able to focus on work, school, or whatever else you're supposed to be doing in the days leading up to your dental appointment.
Your dentist will be able to work more effectively.
If you are anxious and scared in the dental chair, it does impact your dentist's ability to work. They may have to keep reminding you to open your mouth. Or, they may have to fight against your clenched jaw muscles. If you are sedated, your dentist will be better able to move your mouth as needed. They will probably not have to give you breaks as often, either. This will allow them to be more careful in thorough in whatever procedure they are performing, leading to better results for you.
You won't experience trauma.
If you're already a bit afraid of the dentist, having another stressful experience in the dental chair could worsen the trauma. If you instead undergo sedation, then you won't have a traumatic experience. Your fear and worry may actually subside after this visit, instead of becoming greater. This is a good trend for your overall well-being and attitude towards dentistry.
For many people, sedation makes dental care far less burdensome. Talk to your dentist about your sedation options. They can let you know whether an inhaled, oral, or IV sedative is most in line with your needs.