The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Let’s all take a deep breath and acknowledge one thing: It’s okay to be afraid of going to the dentist. It’s not against the law, and it’s certainly no reason to feel ashamed. A large part of our job at Wynnewood Dental Arts is to help patients identify what is that makes them feel afraid and then subsequently guide them through it using gentle medication and expert treatments. We understand that dental anxieties are a very real and common occurrence in America, so we wanted to take some time to talk about the benefits of sedation dentistry.

For those who are unfamiliar, or are hesitant altogether, with sedation dentistry, we have compiled a brief list to explain what it can do for you.

Save Yourself Time and Money

If you are already distressed by the notion of the dentist, multiple, non-sedated procedures are not going to increase your confidence. With longer procedures, such as dental rebuilding, they can often take more than one visit. Sedation cuts down this time drastically because it prevents you from feeling discomfort. In which case, dentists can take more time in one sitting than they can without sedation, potentially finishing the procedure after the first appointment. Rather than having the patient back for a second or even third visit, this saves the patient time, and it decreases their bill exponentially.

Keep Calm and Dentist On

Another benefit of sedation that we briefly touched on above is that it allows you to keep your anxieties at bay. When you arrive at the dentist’s office, you will be entirely too preoccupied with your fears. Not to mention, when your anxieties are present, they tend to make everything more intimidating, which doesn’t help considering you are trying to get over your fear. This is where sedation comes into play. Sedation relaxes the patient and reduces the stress of the procedure. As you begin to feel more calm, not only does it quell your anxiety, it presents an opportunity to confront your fears under a controlled, comfortable state. Soon enough, the dentist’s office will start to seem less daunting and more routine.

No Pain

The thought of pain is a large factor in dental stress and anxiety, which is completely understandable. However, as you allow pain to loom in your mentality and prevent you from visiting the dentist time and time again, your health could be compromised. Fortunately, sedation offers a solution to the pain. When the sedation is administered, your pain threshold increases, thus allowing the dentist to perform the procedure with little or no anesthesia. Wynnewood Dental Arts’ Dr. DeFinnis is certified through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, so he can provide oral conscious sedation. This is a combination of nitrous oxide and oral medication, which ensures that the patient is comfortable throughout the entire process.

We hope this helps ease some of your dental fears and anxieties. For more information about our sedation treatments, visit

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