Can Sedation Dentistry Make a Long Appointment Seem to Fly By?

By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on April 28, 2020

Sedation dentistry can make lengthy or invasive procedures more comfortable. Many patients who suffer from dental-related anxiety rely on sedation to allow them to relax.

While our Fountain Valley, CA, patients may be familiar with the benefits of sedation dentistry for addressing dental phobia, they may not realize that sedation during multiple treatment appointments is also preferable in many cases. If you have a lengthy treatment scheduled, read on to learn how sedation dentistry can help you remain comfortable throughout your visit.

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Are You a Candidate?

Sometimes, there’s no getting around the need for lengthy treatments. There are many reasons that you may need to spend one, two, or more hours in Dr. Andrew Mortensen’s dentist chair. Common examples of multiple treatment appointments include:

Smile Makeover

To save you time and potentially money, Dr. Mortensen may recommend that you combine multiple cosmetic treatments in one visit. A smile makeover is completely customizable and delivers transformative cosmetic results.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Chipped, worn, or decayed teeth can be a source of embarrassment and oral pain. To fully restore your oral health and quality of life, Dr. Mortensen may recommend that you undergo multiple restorative treatments during one visit through full mouth reconstruction.

Other Treatments

Even if you do not undergo a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction, there are many instances where combining cosmetic and restorative treatments during one visit simply makes sense from an efficiency standpoint. If you require more than one hour of chair time, you may be a candidate for oral conscious sedation. 

What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry for Multiple Treatments?

Anyone with dental phobia who uses sedation during dental treatments knows that sedation induces a feeling of calm. Under the effects of oral conscious sedation, our Fountain Valley, CA, patients report feeling euphoric, peaceful, and relaxed.

Oral sedation temporarily alters the central nervous system. Once your prescription medication begins to take effect, you will begin to feel relaxed. The main benefit for individuals who are undergoing multiple treatments during one appointment is an altered perception of time.

Altered Sense of Time

Many of our Fountain Valley, CA, patients report that treatments that took two or three hours felt like only a fraction of that time elapsed. The idea of sitting still for multiple hours with your mouth open may be understandably unappealing for many.

Oral conscious sedation can make your treatment feel like it elapsed in a short time. Some patients barely recall their procedure once the calming effects of oral sedation wear off.

More Efficient Treatment

Oral conscious sedation also allows Dr. Mortensen to work more efficiently. Fidgeting and restlessness cause Dr. Mortensen and members of his dental team to have to periodically pause while you resettle. By allowing Dr. Mortensen to work more efficiently, you can benefit from a shorter overall treatment.

Enjoy Comfortable and Comprehensive Dental Treatment

There are many benefits to undergoing multiple treatments during one visit to our dental office. With the help of sedation dentistry, comprehensive procedures can be relaxing and stress-free.

To schedule your next visit or to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, please contact our office online or call (714) 964-4183.

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18837 Brookhurst St
Ste 109
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Open Today 7:30am - 4:30pm

More Info Directions (714) 964-4183