There are numerous people who do experience fear and anxiety before and during a visit to their dentist. Sedation dentistry is about the use of anesthesia or medication to perform the dental procedure in order to calm and to relax the patient. This is also known as sleep dentistry but this procedure is totally safe and effective.
Dental phobia is preventing so many people to get their routine dental care and therefore, compromising the functionality and health of their mouth. As for sedation dentistry, it is used mostly for procedures that require treatment that will last for extended period of time and great for patients who find it hard to control their movement throughout.
Basically, there are various kinds of sedation dentistry that can be done to patients such as:
Number 1. Oral sedative – in relation to this, the medication will be administered to the patient at least a day before the treatment or 1 hour before the appointment. This will all depend on the severity of anxiety that the patient feels. Oral sedatives alone will not provide pain relief and with that, it is followed by injecting local anesthetic. You shouldn’t drive for the next 24 hours after you receive oral sedation.
Number 2. Inhalation sedation – if the patient for instance have mild to moderate anxiety, then this option will be ideal. Not like the first option, even after undergoing such treatment, you can still drive yourself back home.
Number 3. IV moderate sedation – when compared to all other options of sedation, this brings the fastest effect as it is injected straight to the vein. With this, the dentist can adjust the strength of sedative.
Number 4. General anesthesia – with the use of such medication, it is able to make you feel either partially or totally unconscious. While under the medication, the patient is not aware of his/her surroundings.
It doesn’t matter what type of sedation dentistry is used, it all boils down to the end and that’s the fact that you will feel numb. Not only that, there are many other cases where sedation dentistry could be used like for instance, if your dental problem is more complicated than what is expected, finding it hard to get numbed, you have sensitive teeth and so forth.
Before undergoing sedation dentistry, patients who have history of other medical condition should tell this first to their dentist. In this case, what the dentist will do is review first the medical history of their patient prior to deciding whether to proceed or not. Even though this procedure is recommended for patients above 18, there are some pediatric dentists who sedate children with low tolerance of dental work.