Understanding the Essentials of Sedation Dentistry

Understanding the Essentials of Sedation Dentistry

While there are dental procedures that do not involve any type of discomfort, others can be quite painful. This is where the concept of Sedation Dentistry comes in. A dentist or oral surgeon will be able to assess the situation and determine how much and what type of sedation is needed to keep the patient comfortable. Here are some basics that every patent should keep in mind.

Are There Levels of Sedation?

With Sedation Dentistry, there are multiple levels used for different procedures. In some cases, only a small amount of sedation is needed to keep the patient comfortable. In this scenario, the patient is likely to remain awake and be somewhat aware of what is the dentist is doing. A good example of minimal sedation is found with the process of filling a tooth. With the right level of sedation, the patient is aware of the scraping and cleaning that goes into removing the decayed portion of the tooth, along with the installation of a filling and possibly a crown.

Deep sedation typically renders the patient asleep but still in a state where it is possible to awaken if necessary. This is often the best choice when a procedure will take a longer period of time and could involve a higher level of discomfort. Only the most comprehensive types of dental work will call for the use of complete sedation, which places the patient in an unconscious state that remains until the procedure is finished.

What Kinds of Products are Used for Sedation?

The use of nitrous oxide is employed for minor procedures. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, this approach typically leaves the patient awake but has the effect of numbing the pain and helping the patient to not become distressed as the procedure progresses. Oral medication can also be used to provide the right level of sedation. This is sometimes the best approach for a patient who is extremely nervous about the procedure. Once the medication kicks in, the patient relaxes and the dentist can proceed with relative ease.

For more information about the use of sedation during dental procedures and the chance to enjoy a FREE Whitening Special, make an appointment with the dentist today. Doing so will make it easier to get into the habit of seeing a dentist regularly and providing adequate care for the teeth.

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