Visiting the dentist's office could be a nightmare to most as they fear the thought of having to curb pain during dental procedures. For those patients who avoid visiting the dentist, the benefits of sedation dentistry might just be a solution to anxiety and fear during a dental procedure.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses safe and patient-friendly medication to help you relax during dental procedures. The levels of sedation include minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and of course, general anesthesia.
What types of sedation are used in dentistry?
Below are the types of sedation used for dental procedures.
- Inhaled minimal sedation
Inhaled minimal sedation helps you breathe nitrous oxide, also commonly referred to as laughing gas along with oxygen through a mask that would be placed over the patient's nose.
- Oral Sedation
Sedation given orally can range between minimal to moderate depending on the total dosage. Oral sedation is the most common type of dental sedation.
- IV moderate sedation
This type of dental sedation is administered through an IV. IV sedation doesn't take much time to work in the system and acts more quickly.
- General anesthesia
Deep sedation or general anesthesia makes you either moderately unconscious or fully conscious. The patient cannot be easily awakened until the anesthesia wears off.
Who can have sedation at the dentist's office?
Sedation is most appropriate for patients who experience fear or anxiety before a dental procedure such as those with:
- minimum threshold to pain
- uneasiness to sit in the dentist's office
- extremely sensitive teeth
- bad reflexes
- a large amount of dental work
Most forms of dental sedation are safe. It is always easier to use laughing gas for children as it is a milder form of sedation as compared to the rest.
Request an appointment with us to understand more about the benefits of sedation dentistry.