If you experience dental anxiety or have difficulty sitting still, sedation dentistry can help you remain calm and comfortable while you receive the treatment you need. Sedation uses anesthesia to induce relaxation in patients. While some types simply produce a sense of peace, others create a deep state of relaxation closer to sleep. If you are concerned about your treatment, it may be worthwhile to discuss sedation options with your dentist.
When to Use DENTAL SEDATION
Most dental procedures can take place under sedation. In fact, patients with severe dental phobia may even receive cleanings under mild sedation. However, it is much more common for complex procedures which take a long time to complete, such as:
Typically, sedation dentistry is combined with a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure.
Levels of Sedation THERE ARE FOUR MAIN LEVELS OF SEDATION:
Also known as anxiolysis, this degree of sedation is the most commonly used in dental procedures.
Moderate levels of dental sedation allow you to respond to commands while still in a state of extreme relaxation.
At this level, patients are typically right at the edge of unconsciousness. You may drift off to sleep, but your dentist will still be able to wake you to communicate.
Generally reserved for oral surgery, this level of sedation leaves patients completely unaware and without memory of their procedure. In most cases, this state is achieved through general anesthesia.
The degree of sedation your dentist recommends will depend on the type of procedure you plan to undergo and your own comfort level.
Choosing the Right Type OF SEDATION FOR YOU
Different types of sedation achieve varying levels of relaxation. Depending on the extent of your anxiety and the type of procedure you need, your dentist will recommend nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, or intravenous (IV) sedation. You can discuss your options with your dentist before the procedure.
Calm, Peaceful Treatment
For many patients, sedation dentistry makes available treatments that are otherwise unrealistic. However, it is important to keep in mind that sedation will add to the final price of your procedure. Ask your dentist what types of sedation they offer and how it can help you.