3 Reasons to Choose Oral Sedation


Lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my!

When Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man were gallivanting through the forest in the Land of Oz, they we’re openly afraid of encountering a lion, a tiger, or a bear. Yet when they finally encountered the Cowardly Lion, they grew to love him as a friend. They really had nothing to be afraid of.

Countless patients are afraid of the dentist. Maybe it’s been awhile since they visited the dentist, or they know that they need to have some cavities filled. Either way, they get a bit nervous about visiting the dentist. Just like Dorothy and her friends got afraid while in the Land of Oz.

But much like Dorothy didn’t have anything to be afraid of, the same is true for patients of Alabama Family Dental in Mobile, AL. We’re proud to go the extra mile to help anxious, nervous, and fearful patients overcome their dental phobias. After a sedation dentistry appointment at our comfortable and modern office, you’ll leave with a healthy smile and the knowledge that you don’t have to be afraid of the dentist!

So what is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry is a dental technique designed to help you feel relaxed during your treatment. We offer two types of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide sedation and oral dental sedation.

You’ve probably heard of nitrous oxide sedation, it’s commonly called “laughing gas.” During your appointment, you relax and breath in a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide through a comfortable nosepiece. In just a few moments you enter a temporary state of relaxation.

But today we want to talk about a form of sedation dentistry that you might be less familiar with, oral sedation dentistry. Oral sedation dentistry, also called oral sedation, is quickly becoming a popular choice among our patients. With oral sedation, we prescribe you a sedative to take before your procedure. Then you just kick back and relax.

Sound good? Let’s look at three reasons why you might consider oral sedation!

#1.You’re Afraid or Nervous About Undergoing Dental Work

Oral sedation allows for a stronger sedative state than nitrous oxide sedation. This makes it a wonderful choice for patients with higher levels of dental phobias or anxieties. Fear doesn’t have to be a factor anymore!

We’ve treated numerous patients who completely avoided visiting the dentist before they discovered oral sedation. Oral sedation is a great choice if you want to feel unaware during your procedure, as you may not even remember much of your appointment.

#2. You Want to Put Your Oral Health First

If it’s been awhile since you visited the dentist, or you never have, you might have some dental health issues that need to be addressed. When it comes to your oral health, small problems can quickly turn into much larger ones. A cavity could become infected and then require a root canal instead of a simple filling. You may even need to have the tooth extracted!

Oral sedation helps our patients put their oral health first. Instead of avoiding dental work, they feel comfortable in our office and visit us for routine dental care. That helps us treat small problems before they turn into larger problems. That saves you time, money, and spares you from pain!

#3. You Need a Lengthier Procedure Performed

Oral sedation is not just for patients who are afraid of the dentist. If you need to have several dental procedures performed (such as multiple fillings) or need to undergo a lengthy procedure (such as a root canal) then sedation dentistry might be right for you. Because you are so relaxed for oral sedation, we’re able to perform much more dental work in one setting than we normally could. That saves you time and money!

Make An Appointment

Are you ready to learn more about oral sedation or sedation dentistry? Then schedule an appointment at Alabama Family Dental. We even offer a FREE sedation consultation to help answer all of your questions. So call us today! We can be reached at 251-241-0890. At Alabama Family Dental we’re proud to serve the residents of Mobile, AL.