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What Is Sedation Dentistry & Who Should Get It? January 31, 2018

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What Is Sedation Dentistry & Who Should Get It?, Anchorage, Alaska

Before your next dental appointment, consider how sedation dentistry could provide you with a more comfortable in-office experience. Also known as conscious sedation, this unique form of anesthesia is commonly used in family and cosmetic dentistry practices to make visits more pleasant and put patients in a state of deep relaxation. Learn more below about how dentists use it and why it makes many treatments easier below. 

Guide to Sedation Dentistry 

Typical Uses 

Sedation-DentistryDentistry offices use conscious sedation for a variety of dental care services. Patients receive the sedative for procedures like tooth fillings, root canal therapy, crowns, bridges, veneers, tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, and dental implants. Some people request sedation dentistry for their teeth cleanings or periodontic visits so they can rest and be comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Since medication doses are adjustable, they are used safely and comfortably for many oral health needs and procedure durations. 

Patient Benefits 

While some patients want to receive conscious sedation for pain or discomfort, others trust it to reduce their nervousness or anxiety. Adults who have a delicate gag reflex, chronic tooth sensitivity, or fear of dental tools are ideal candidates for the medication. If you avoid the dentist’s chair because of past experiences at another practice or become stressed during more extended treatments, consider sedation dentistry. The regimen has fewer side effects and shorter recovery times than other forms of anesthetic. 

Many adults suffer from poor oral health or a less than perfect smile because they do not want to visit the dentist. Dental hygiene issues or tooth damage can cause problems like gum disease, pain, inflammation, and bodily infection. With conscious sedation, you can improve the condition of your teeth, jaw, and gums without feeling scared or nervous at the dentist’s office. To find out if you are a candidate for conscious sedation, talk to your dentistry provider. 


Don’t let fear or discomfort prevent you from having the smile you deserve. Legacy Dental Arts in Eagle River, AK, is a qualified and experienced provider of conscious sedation services and can help you decide if it is right for your needs. To make an appointment to discuss or receive state of the art sedation dentistry, call them at (907) 622-7874. For information about their oral health procedures and cosmetic dentistry services, visit their website

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