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Dr. Jon Skare
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Understanding How Sedation Dentistry Can Benefit You

February 24, 2021
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Posted By: Wood Park Dental
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Maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums are largely understood to be one of the most important aspects of your oral and overall health. But dental anxiety or negative experiences can keep you from your necessary treatments. 

Fortunately, for many of us, we offer sedation dentistry at Wood Park Dental to minimize the occurrence of fear and nervousness.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Our Eagan, MN dentists use sedation dentistry to calm patients concerned about pain or feeling stressed during a dental procedure. Before we begin any treatment, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. Still, this may not address how the patient feels during their dental visit. 

We offer have several sedation options, including inhaling nitrous oxide, an oral prescription pill, or intravenous administration of a sedative. We only recommend general anesthesia, which results in full unconsciousness under specific situations.

Patients who are partially sedated can still communicate with the dentist and respond to questions. Laughing gas will allow patients to relax their gag reflex and give them a distant feeling. Nitrous oxide sedation dentistry is safe enough for children to use, and dentists worldwide rely on it to keep their patients comfortable.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry in Eagan

There are numerous advantages to sedation dentistry, including making each dental treatment completely painless and pleasant. Patients who tense up or grind their teeth during a dental exam can relax fully, allowing our Eagan, MN general dentists space to work at they needed, without fear of disruption.

If the thought of going to the dentist fills you with anxiety, you might be the perfect candidate for sedation. Patients might even find themselves canceling routine dental checkups, which prevents us from identifying and treating common dental issues like gum disease, cavities, infection, abscesses, and more. Every one of these dental disorders only grows in severity and seriousness without treatment: often resulting in a painful dental emergency. As you may imagine, this situation does nothing to ease dental anxiety.

Your Oral Health Is Very Important to Your Overall Well-Being

Sedation dentistry has become a popular and often requested service for patients of all ages. We are happy to help our patients reduce their dental anxiety and stress and even start seeing their dentist at Wood Park Dental every few months!

Call our dentist office in Eagan, MN today at (952) 431-5088 to schedule your pain-free dental appointment!

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