Understanding Safe Dental Sedation

Dental sedation is designed to help reduce the anxiety associated with dental work.  Millions of Americans have anxiety about visiting the dentist.  For some, the anxiety is harder to deal with than any tooth problems and as a result, many people don’t attend regular scheduled dental visits and put off having any needed work done.

Dental sedation provides these individuals with the opportunity to get their needed dental care without all the anxiety that a visit would normally entail.  However, it is important to understand that dental sedation is an art form and using this form of sedation carries a great deal of responsibility.  For this reason it is important that you verify that your dental care provider is licensed to use dental sedation before accepting anything to ease your anxiety.  Improper sedation can lead to severe complications for the patient.

Practicing Safe Dental Sedation

Over 2 million dental patients have benefited from safe dental sedation.  Their dentists have spent the time taking additional training to practice this form of sedation for their patients.  During this training the dental care providers are given the knowledge and skills required to safely practice dental sedation.  They also learn the safety standards and risks of sedation and how to provide a positive experience for their patients.

In most cases, some or your entire dental care provider’s team will undergo this training as well.  Many dentists who practice dental sedation find that it is best to have at least one other person on their staff appropriately trained in the art of sedation.  This benefits both the patients, dentists and the rest of the staff.

If you are thinking of using dental sedation at your next dental work visit it is important that you know which questions to ask.  Ask if your dental care provider and any other members of the staff have attended training to practice this form of sedation.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Remember that your health is on the line.  Always advise the staff and your dentist of any medication you are taking or health conditions you have to ensure that you are getting the safest form of sedation available to you.

If you have any questions about safe dental sedation, please call us at Progressive Dental Care Center.

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