WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Sedation dentistry involves the administration of sedative drugs to a patient during a dental procedure. There are different types of sedation. The most common types include:
- Mild sedation (Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas)
- Moderate sedation (Oral sedation administered in pill form)
- Deep sedation (IV sedation).
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a very safe way of making a person feel relaxed and calm during their dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask that fits over a patient’s nose. It is non addictive and leaves the body very quickly. While on nitrous oxide the patient is still awake and can respond to the dentists requests and directions during the procedure.
This is the lowest level of sedation and a patient is usually given one pill to take the night before their appointment and another one an hour before their dental appointment. Oral sedation helps to reduce the patient’s anxiety related to the dental procedure.
During deep sedation an IV is used to administer the medication. The patient is hooked up to an IV during the procedure. Deep sedation makes the patient feel peaceful and serene and unaware of the dental procedure.
WHEN IS SEDATION DENTISTRY USED?
There are many reasons why a person may benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry isn’t only for those who have anxiety about dental procedures. It can also be used to help patients who have:
- dental phobias
- fear of needles, drills, and other dental instruments
- difficulty sitting through long procedures
- trouble getting numb from local anesthetics
- trouble staying numb through the whole procedure
- low pain tolerance
- sensitive teeth
- overactive gag reflex
- past bad experiences
Sedation dentistry has been around for 100 years, is safe, and is endorsed by the American Dental Association. The first step to reducing dental problems and helping ease a person’s fear of dentistry is to make an appointment with the dentist. Talking with a dentist and discussing all options will help a person decide if sedation dentistry is right for them. The dentist is aware that many people suffer from dental fears and he or she is sympathetic to their concerns. If there are reasons why a person is avoiding dental care, sedation dentistry can now be used to help ease their fears and get them back into the dental chair.
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