5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Dental Sedation

5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Dental Sedation

More and more people are opting for sedation dentistry in Phoenix for a number of reasons. If you are considering dental sedation for your next procedure, make sure you’re fully informed about what to expect.

Here are five important questions that you should ask your dentist if you are considering or interested in dental sedation.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sedation for Me?

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sedation for Me?Dental sedation can be used for a variety of different reasons. One of the top reasons is to help those who are extremely nervous or anxious about visiting a dentist or having a dental procedure done. Some people avoid visiting the dentist strictly because of these fears. If you are scared of the dentist, sedation dentistry can help you remain calm and comfortable during your appointment.

The other primary reason is to help someone who cannot remain seated or still during a procedure. Some people cannot sit for prolonged periods of time without pain, or small children may not be able to sit still. Dental sedation can be used to allow someone to sleep, so the dentist can safely fix the dental issues that are present, without causing pain or trauma to the patient.

What Different Types of Dental Sedation Do You Offer?

The second question you should ask a dentist is what types of sedation they offer. Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, oral sedatives and IV sedatives are the most common types of sedation used in dentist offices. However, not every dentist offers all three options. Always ask a dentist what they offer and why. In some cases, a certain type of sedative may be better for your specific needs, but the dentist you’re talking to may not offer it. Look for a dentist who offers different options to ensure you are getting the right sedation for your needs.

What Type of Dental Sedation is Ideal for Me?

What Type of Dental Sedation is Ideal for Me?Once you have learned what sedation options are available, ask what type of sedation they feel is best for you and why. A great sedation dentistry office should listen to what your concerns or fears are, evaluate your medical history and know the pros and cons of the different sedatives they use. Based on all of that information, they should be able to make a recommendation to you about which sedation option they feel is best suited for you and why they feel that way.

How Experienced Are You With Dental Sedation?

As you sit down and talk with a dentist who offers sedation, ask them about their experience with sedation dentistry. As sedation dentistry is becoming more popular, more and more dentists are beginning to offer it. However, not every dentist has experience with it. You want to find a dentist who is familiar with sedation dentistry and has experience with it. In the state of Arizona, a dentist must obtain a permit  for moderate sedation, but one is not required for mild sedation. Find out if the dentist you are considering using is certified to offer moderate sedation or not.

What Are the Risks of Dental Sedation?

Lastly, be sure to ask the dentist you are thinking of working with what the risks are related to the type of dental sedation you are considering. Every type of sedative has risks associated with it. A great dentist will be upfront about those risks. Also be sure to ask what training the dentist or staff has, or what emergency plans they have in place, in case something unexpected does happen when you are issued the dental sedative. They should always have an emergency plan in place for the unexpected.


At Dental Brothers, we have offices in both Mesa and Phoenix that offer dental sedation. We provide different types of sedation dentistry, based on your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to sit down and discuss the dental issues you face and how sedation dentistry can help you!