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Sedation Dentistry – The Most Comfortable Way for Dental Treatments

November 24, 2014

Despite a distressing pain in the tooth, many prefer not to go to the dentist. People often renounce dental visit due to the discomfort that accompanies various dental procedures. Dental anxiety might also be due to an unpleasant past experience. In either way, people neglect dental visit and try to be their own doctor, using over-the-counter medications in order to cope up with the toothache. Over-the-counter medications may offer temporary relief. When the pain comes back, however, patients certainly need to take some serious steps. One should not ignore dental problems as they factor toward the quality of life. If ignored for prolonged period, dental problems may also create serious health complications. Therefore, consulting a dentist should never be ignored.

If you are one of those who find it difficult to go to the dentist only because of the discomfort associated with a dental procedure, you might want to consider comfortable sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

As the name suggests, sedation dentistry involves administering dental patients with sedatives, the medications that enable mild to deep relaxation. The sedatives help calm anxious patients and bring them to a relaxed state for the successful completion of dental treatments. One should not mistake sedation dentistry with procedures performed under local anesthesia. Dental procedures performed under local anesthesia fall under the branch of sleep dentistry. Unlike sleep dentistry, which puts patients into deep sleep, sedation dentistry just reduces consciousness, making patients feel and remember less of what happened during the procedure.

Sedatives can range from N2O (nitrous oxide / laughing gas) to mild tranquilizers, which help reduce consciousness. Sedatives are available in different forms such as inhalants, tablets, or medicines that qualified dentists inject intravenously. The type of sedative and the proportion to be used is ascertained by a qualified dentist based on the patient’s age, health history and anxiety levels. Aside from keeping the patient calm, the added bonus of sedation dentistry is that it enables dentists to perform more than one procedure in a single appointment.

There are three common levels of sedation:

•    A minimal sedation where a dentist can simply calm the patient down
•    A moderate sedation where a dentist can get the patient in a trance-like state (a state where speech becomes slurred and mind too relaxed to remember much of the procedure)
•    A deep sedation where a dentist can put the patient into the most comfortable state (a state where a patient borders between consciousness and unconsciousness)

Dental treatments have progressed remarkably, whereby they are able to meet individualized needs in the safest and the most comfortable environments. Sedation dentistry too has progressed along the same lines. Dentists have always utilized medicines for pain management before and after procedures, but sedation dentistry takes a step farther. Sedation dentistry helps patients stay in a relaxed state, and at the same time, provides the dentist a better control of the situation.

The key to a better dental treatment, whether it is through sedation or otherwise, is a qualified, experienced dentist. It is vital to choose a certified and skilled sedation dentist. Further, when booking your appointment for sedation dental treatment, ensure to make arrangements with someone to accompany you to the dentist’s clinic. The sedatives make you drowsy; hence, it is not safe to drive on your own.

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