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Sedation dentistry allows the dentist to work efficiency with the patient to receive necessary dental care.
There are many reasons why a patient would benefit from sedation dentistry.
Summing it up: these sedatives can provide such benefits as relaxing the patient, raising the pain threshold, ease of an operation and increased cooperation from the patient. Patients also remember little to none of the treatment and can require fewer appointments, saving time and money. The different conditions sedation is used for determine what level of sedation is necessary.
Generally sedation is minimal, intended to reducine anxiety while allowing the patient to respond to the dentists’ instructions. Depending on the severity of a patient’s fear or pain threshold, higher levels may be used. During minimal sedation, the patient is awake but relaxed, fully conscious and aware. During moderate sedation, a patient may not remember much, but is responsive to dentists’ instructions. This is the most common practice, and the reason “sleep dentistry” is a frequently misused term.
During deep sedation a patient is placed at the brink of consciousness, but able to be quickly woken. Sometimes sedation dentistry is called sleep dentistry. This is sedation dentistry at its highest level. By using a general anesthesia that renders the patient unconscious, large amounts of work can be accomplished without a patient suffering through it. Most sedation dentistry requires a level of consciousness for safety and cooperation. The better the control the dentist has over sedation, the easier the procedure is.
Different methods of sedation can include nitrous oxide, oral pills, or an I.V.
As well as these sedation methods, a local anesthetic is typically used, numbing the site the dentist is working on. If you have any questions about this procedure, don’t hesitate to speak to your dentist.