Why choose Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is a procedure used to put patients to sleep so that they are unconscious and do not feel anything during the dental procedure or surgery. Many patients opt for this as it helps them alleviate their anxiety. Another name for this is sleep dentistry.
Who Can Opt For Sedation Dentistry?
People with the following conditions can undergo sedation dentistry:
- Anyone with a low threshold for pain.
- Anyone who has anxiety and fear of the dental procedure.
- Anyone who has sensitive teeth.
- Anyone with pharyngeal reflex.
- Anyone with a major dental surgery or lots of procedures.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Although sedation dentistry is usually safe, there can be complications if not administered properly by a trained dentist. So it is important to visit a dental practice that is properly trained and certified.
Anyone with sleep apnea or severe obesity is recommended to consult their doctor before undergoing sedation. If you still have any questions feel free to contact us.
Different types of Sedation Dentistry
- Inhaled Minimal Sedation
This is the mildest type of sedation. The patient is relaxed and can easily drive home after the procedure. Mostly, a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen is used and fully controlled by the dentist.
- Oral Sedation
Mild oral sedation will require the patient to take a sedative called Halcion and the patient will soon feel drowsy and relaxed. A higher dose of the same pill can also be given to the patient to provide moderate oral sedation. With moderate sedation, the patient will be asleep.
- IV Moderate Sedation
A fast sedation will require the patient to get a sedative intravenously. With the right amount of sedative, the patient will fall asleep.
- General Anesthesia & Deep Sedation
The patient takes a sedative and falls into deep sleep. With this type of sedation, the patient will only wake up when the effect wears off or it is reversed by the dentist.