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If you have a physical condition or disability that makes it hard to tolerate some or all types of dental treatments, sedation can help.
The most common types of conditions that make visits to the dentist hard include:
- anxiety and fear of the dentist
- trouble getting numb
- strong gag reflex
- small mouth
- difficulty sitting still
- excessive drooling
- aversion to being touched
- muscle spasms or tics
- jaw discomfort or TMJ
- issues with swallowing
- inability to keep your mouth open for long periods of time
Not getting the dental treatment you need isn’t a positive way to deal with the difficulty of dental visits. That approach might work in the short term, but it could have longterm consequences.
It’s important to maintain good dental health, in part, because there’s a distinct tie between dental health and overall health.
There are 3 types of sedation available for dentistry that can make it easier to undergo dental treatments:
The type of sedation that would be best for you will depend on your physical disability or condition, your dental and medical history, and the type of dental procedure.
For example, you may be able to tolerate a simple cleaning with the help of nitrous oxide. But you might need oral sedation or IV sedation for more complicated procedures, such as dental implants, teeth extractions, crowns and bridges, and root canals.
If you have any questions about how sedation may help you or someone you love, please call our office near you:
Mesa - Modern Dentistry East Valley, near S. Stapley Dr and E. Baseline Rd., (480) 359-3827
Please note: Our dental offices are fully handicap-accessible. We’re located in Mesa, just east of the Phoenix metro area. We’re some of the few dental offices in the area to offer all three types of sedation. You’re close to our offices if you live or work in: Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, or Chandler.