Relaxation Sedation Dentistry in Springfield MA
What is relaxation sedation dentistry and why should I consider it?
Many people get anxious when they visit the dentist. They possibly associate the dentist with a childhood trauma or a previous painful dental treatment. It is for this reason that Dr. David Peck uses relaxation as one of the means of sedating his patients in Springfield, Massachusetts in order to minimize their discomfort and perform procedures without pain or other physical difficulties. Patients who benefit the most from relaxation as a means of sedation are those that experience dental anxiety during dental procedures. Those that have dental phobias that may manifest themselves during procedures such as the fear of needles, drilling sounds, or injection shots would also benefit from relaxation. In addition to this, patients also need to consider relaxation when they have overly sensitive teeth, difficulty getting numb when using conventional anesthesia, complex dental issues, or if they have difficulty limiting their movements during a procedure.
Relaxation has been known to relax the patient so completely that it has been considered to be very ideal for using procedures that require extensive dental work. Some procedures that may require relaxation include the installation of porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or laser dentistry. Because of relaxation techniques, some procedures requiring multiple visits can be completed in a single session, eliminating the need for the patient to come back for additional appointments.
While relaxation is an effective way of managing patient anxiety prior to the procedure, it is also important that the patient make the dentist aware of any other medications that they are currently taking that may affect the relaxation medications that will be administered.
Because there are different ways to achieve relaxation during a dental procedure, such as the administration of oral medications or the use of nitrous oxide, patients need to consult with the dentist to be able to identify which method would work best for them in achieving a virtually painless and anxiety-free state prior to any procedure. Patients will have unique requirement and the dentist will be able to choose an option that best fits their needs.