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Feeling afraid or anxious about going to the dentist is a very real condition, and you are not alone. Many adults report feeling fearful about the dentist because of a bad experience they had during childhood, or perhaps there is a fear of pain. Whatever the reasons maybe, if you fear to go to the dentist, you’re among 10-20% of Americans. The good news is your team at Smiles of Valparaiso & Associates has solutions for you and can help you receive the dental care you may have been avoiding or putting off due to fear. Your dentist in Valparaiso discusses sedation dentistry.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows the patient to feel relaxed and at ease during dental procedures, while our doctors are able to perform one or even multiple complex procedures. This is done through medication prescribed by our doctors and taken by the patient one hour prior to their procedure.

The medication allows the patient to feel completely relaxed, yet still, be responsive to our doctors. Some patients even feel like they’re sleeping throughout their treatment. The medication has an amnesic effect, and most patients have little to no memory of their appointment or the procedures that took place. Due to the nature of the medication, you will need to have a ride to and from our office, and plan to relax and recover from your procedure for the rest of the day rather than resuming your normal daily activities.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sedation?

Sedation allows patients to receive the necessary dental care that they may have been neglecting. There are many indicators that your oral health is directly related to your overall health and well being. Due to emerging studies, we understand that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can contribute to other health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and vice versa. For these reasons, maintaining your oral health has never been more important.

Sedation offers an opportunity for patients to complete multiple procedures during one appointment while the patient is relaxed and comfortable. This allows patients to get back on the path to wellness and optimum oral health.

Contact Our Office

If you’ve been ignoring your dental care, why not contact our office in Valparaiso to learn more about your options for sedation dentistry? We’ll help you move forward so you can receive the quality dentistry you deserve while feeling safe and at ease.