Choosing Sedation Dentistry to help Alleviate Dental Phobia
Unfortunately, their inability to attend regular dental appointments means that their oral health is likely to suffer. Patients with dental phobia have a far greater risk of developing dental problems including tooth decay, gum
Thankfully, sedation dentistry offers a way around dental phobia and makes regular visits to the dentist and improved oral health possible for even the most anxious patient.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes also known as sleep dentistry, is the term given to the use of medicine to help a patient relax during dental procedures. The level of sedation that is offered will depend on how anxious the patient is and what type of dental work needs to be performed.
Types of sedation
The different levels of sedation that are available in dentistry include:
Nitrous Oxide Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide provides the lowest level of sedation. The patient receives the gas through a mask or tube placed over their nose and/or mouth, and the level will be carefully monitored during the treatment. With nitrous oxide sedation, the patient will be fully awake, but calm and relaxed, during the procedure.
Oral Sedation Usually administered as a pill which is swallowed an hour or so before the procedure, this is the next depth of sedation. Patients may find themselves dozing slightly during their treatment.
IV Sedation This is the deepest level of sedation before a general anesthetic. Sedatives are administered through an intravenous line into the
General Anesthetic Also administered intravenously, general anesthetic means that the patient is completely asleep for the duration of the procedure.