Everything To Know About Sedation Dentistry
Posted by Premier Dental Connections on Sep 6 2022, 03:59 AM
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during their dental treatment. This can ease anxiety and make treatment more comfortable. There are several types of sedation dentistry.
Types of Sedation
- Oral sedatives: Oral sedatives, such as Valium, Ativan, and Halcion, are prescribed in pill form. Oral sedatives are the most commonly prescribed type of sedation. Oral sedation helps patients get more comfortable throughout their procedure. Oral sedation is very long-lasting, and many patients only need an anti-anxiety medication to help them relax for a short time after the procedure.
- Nitrous oxide: Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is usually the first choice for most patients who are anxious about their dental treatment. Laughing gas is a mild sedative that allows patients to feel relaxed while they are still conscious. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. Laughing gas wears off very quickly, so it is only used for mild sedation.
- Intravenous sedation: Intravenous sedation is administered through a vein in the arm or hand. With intravenous sedation, patients often have little to no memory of the treatment.
If you are having a major or complex procedure (such as dental implant placement), you may be more likely to benefit from IV or oral sedation. If you are anxious about your upcoming procedure, you could benefit from nitrous oxide or oral sedation, both of which can make you feel very relaxed. Talk to your dental team about which type of sedation will be best for you.
Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Many people can benefit from sedation dentistry. However, the type of sedation you need will depend on what procedure you’re having. The individuals who will benefit from having sedation dentistry include the following:
- Those who have a hard time being still for long periods of time.
- Those who have a hard time controlling their movements.
- Those with difficulty getting numb.
- Those who have a low pain tolerance.
- Those who are afraid of needles.
- Those who have dental anxiety.
- Those with special needs.
- Those with a sensitive gag reflex.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Many people avoid dentists because they suffer from dental anxiety. One of the most common types of dental anxiety is fear of pain. Sedation dentistry can make that fear disappear and make dental treatments relaxing and comfortable. Sedation dentistry allows patients to receive their dental treatment safely, with sedation options designed to relax them, ease their anxiety, and even eliminate any pain associated with their procedure.
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