Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Edmond, Lawton, Norman, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

There are only two qualifications to be a candidate for sedation dentistry. First, you need to be someone who will benefit from the treatment. Second, you should not have any health conditions that will increase your risks.
This page outlines some of the basics of the ideal sedation dentistry candidate, but it cannot tell you whether you are a candidate. Only a consultation with a dentist can do that. Please call 800-929-6953 or email Terry Bass, DDS in the Oklahoma City area for a sedation dentistry consultation.

Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry

In general, sedation dentistry helps people overcome barriers to dental treatment. The most common reasons people seek out sedation dentistry are:

  • Dental anxiety or fear
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Sore jaw from dental treatment
  • Difficulty sitting through long dental procedure

Often these problems contribute to one another, making it very hard for people to get even routine dental treatment. Failing to get routine dental treatment means people need more involved treatment later, which results in increased anxiety and difficulty in getting treatment.
Sedation dentistry can break this cycle of dental anxiety so people can get all levels of dental care for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Who Is Not a Candidate

Sedation dentistry is on the whole very safe. There are very few risks associated with the procedure, but people with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for sedation dentistry. This includes:

  • Sleep apnea sufferers
  • People with cardiovascular conditions
  • People with prior reactions to sedatives
  • Patients taking medication that may interact with sedatives

Before you are scheduled for sedation dentistry, Dr. Bass will review your medical history to make sure you do not have risk factors that may prohibit you from taking advantage of the procedure.
To be evaluated for sedation dentistry, please contact Terry Bass, DDS for a consultation at our office in the Oklahoma City area.

Terry Bass
Terry Bass DDS
2816 NW 58th Street, Suite 105
Oklahoma City , OK , 73112

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