Sedation dentistry includes the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is also referred to as "sleep dentistry." Sedation dentistry allows fearful grown-ups and children to attend their dental appointments without anxiety. If the very thought of having your teeth cleaned makes your body tense with fear, or you would rather suffer the distress of a toothache than visiting a dentist's office, you are not alone. Many people feel so terrorized about going to the dentist that they choose not to have any treatment.
Sedation Dentistry uses oral conscious and inhalation conscious sedation. During oral sedation, medication is taken orally before your dental appointment. Inhalation sedation, commonly referred to as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, is mixed with oxygen and inhaled during your appointment. Both oral and inhaled sedation helps the patient to relax without anxiety or fear. Instead, they will be calm and relaxed.
What are the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
- Sedation Dentistry helps you complete several procedures at one time, reducing your number of dental appointments.
- It gives you instant relief from the stress and anxiety generally associated with visiting the dentist
- It offers a more comfortable, relaxed experience for patients with a sensitive gag reflex or who have trouble getting numb
- It raises the ability to handle the sights, smells, and sounds that are responsible for causing dental anxiety
- Its use helps eliminate the pain that may be connected with extensive dental procedures
- It also enables you to respond to the dentist even while you are in a more relaxed, semi-conscious state.
What are the different types of sedation?
There are three main categories of sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide:It is also known as the laughing gas. The nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask while the dentist carries out the procedure. The patient will be fully conscious but at the same time more relaxed. Once the process is complete, the gas's effects go away quickly after the mask is removed.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: In this type of sedation, the sedating medication is provided orally, which allows the patient to relax and stay calm. While the dental procedure is being conducted, the patient will be awake and conscious though a bit drowsy.
- IV Sedation: This kind of sedation is recommended for surgery such as tooth extractions or dental implant placements. IV sedations induce you in a sleep-like state, and you won't even feel any sensations during the dental procedure. The memory of the procedure will be blurry in your mind.
Call us at Smile Fresh Dental Center or schedule an online appointment to know more about Sedation Dentistry.