Sedation dentistry refers to the sedation of a patient during dental procedures to keep them from experiencing pain or to relieve their anxiety. There are various methods of sedation that a patient may choose from, and there are different levels of sedation dentistry. The different sedation methods have their unique benefits and are appropriate for diverse situations.
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What Are the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?
The two most important types of sedation that are offered are conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Conscious sedation provides a state of subdued consciousness while procedures are being performed, whereas general anesthesia provides total unconsciousness during dental procedures. Tooth extractions and periodontal surgery are examples of dental treatments in which you may opt for sedation dentistry. In the case of simple procedures, the use of sedation is often at the dentist's discretion. The different methods of sedation include the following:
Nitrous oxide is the mildest type of sedation used by dentists. Our dentist Dr. Stephen Denny will place a nose mask on your face during this sedation process through which the nitrous oxide is administered. It will help put you into a relaxed state. This anesthetic also reduces pain and anxiety.
Oral sedation involves the use of anxiety medication. It will help put you into a state of deep calm. However, the effect can last several hours after taking. Hence you will need to have someone drive you back home following the procedure.
Intravenous sedation is the most vigorous form of sedation. IV sedation is helpful for anxious patients who are undergoing long and complex procedures like oral surgery. Patients generally experience amnesia during and after the operation. Therefore, the patient is continuously monitored throughout the process. If required, more medication can be given to the patient to reduce their anxiety and discomfort.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
- One of the principal benefits of sedation dentistry is reducing or even eliminating the pain that the patient experiences during the procedure.
- Sedation dentistry goes a long way in reducing the anxiety associated with dental procedures. It is not unusual for patients to put off appointments because of the thought of having work done.
- It also helps reduce a patient's gag reflex by decreasing or eliminating tooth and gum sensitivity.
- When you are in a more relaxed and calm state, it will allow your dentist to work faster and more efficiently, which means less time spent in the dentist's chair and more time on the road to recovery.
To learn more about sedation dentistry or how to reduce your dental anxiety, visit us at Indian Ripple Dental Center or call (937) 427-1749 to schedule an online appointment.