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3 Common Myths about Sedation Dentistry


Sedation dentistry uses medications to put patients in a relaxed and calm state while they receive dental treatment. Safe and effective, sedation dentistry is used on thousands of patients each year. If you are interested in including sedation dentistry in your dental treatment, you likely have researched and have many questions. In this blog post, Dr. Sean Feely of Ramona Family Dentistry sets the record straight on three common myths regarding sedation dentistry.

Myth #1: It’s only for dental phobias.

Although sedation dentistry is widely known as an effective solution for patients with dental anxiety and/or fear, there are other patients that can benefit from it. Sedation dentistry can be used on patients who have:

  • Fear of or anxiety relating to dentist visits or dental instruments such as dental drills
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Difficulty sitting still during dental treatment

Myth #2: Sedation dentistry puts you to sleep.

This is not always the case. There are some sedation options that do not put patients to sleep but rather in a conscious, dream-like and relaxed state. One form of conscious sedation is oral sedation, which is the preferred method that we use at Ramona Family Dentistry. With oral sedation, patients must take a sedative pill some time before their procedure. The pill will cause the patient to become drowsy and relaxed, yet remain conscious. During the procedure, patients will still be able to respond to all of the dentist’s questions and directions. Patients will have little to no recollection of their dental procedure once it is over.

Myth #3: Sedation dentistry is only used for complex dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry can be used for virtually any dental procedure — from non-invasive treatments like routine dental checkups and cleanings to surgical procedures like oral surgery and root canal. If you are interested in sedation dentistry, please let us know ahead of your dental treatment. After all, Dr. Feely and our dental staff want you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your dental visit with us!

To learn more about oral sedation, please schedule an appointment with Ramona Family Dentistry. Contact our office at (760) 789-0170 today.

Dr. Sean Feely
Dr. Sean Feely

Dr. Sean Feely has owned and been working at Ramona Family Dentistry since June 2007. Dr. Feely graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in Stockton, CA in 1999, then received his DDS degree from University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA in 2002

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