Sedation dentistry has made dental visits more comfortable and relaxing over the years. Patients can now undergo dental procedures or dental examinations free from any dental fear or anxiety. The dentists make use of different levels of sedation dentistry. They may range from mild to full general anesthesia. At Enviable Smiles, our dentist, Dr. Chuks, is certified to offer sedation dentistry for dental procedures.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits that include:
- Many people avoid going to the dentist out of fear and only visit when their oral concern worsens. But with sedation dentistry, they don’t have to avoid dental visits anymore.
- Patients who have a low pain threshold or those who have to undergo tooth extraction may benefit from sedation.
- Children or adults who cannot sit still in a dental chair, i.e., control their muscles, require sedation.
- People who have sensitive teeth or an overactive gag reflex can also benefit from sedation.
- People who have to undergo several dental procedures in fewer sittings may require sedation dentistry.
What are the different categories of sedation?
The different categories of sedation are as follows:
Sedation offered is usually minimal just to reduce anxiety. During minimal sedation, the patient will be conscious and relaxed.
During moderate sedation, the patient won’t remember much about the procedure but will still respond to dentists’ instructions.
During deep sedation, a patient lies unconscious but can be quickly woken. This is why sedation dentistry is also termed sleep dentistry. This is the highest level of sedation dentistry. This sedation is usually given to the patients in case they have to undergo complicated procedures.
What are the different methods of sedation?
The different methods of sedation are as follows:
- Nitrous oxide also called “laughing gas” is inhaled through a mask. After inhaling it, the patients might feel like they woke up after a short nap. By then, the procedure will be all done. Its effect wears off immediately.
- Another way to sedate a patient is by giving an oral pill for light insomnia. It starts its effect quickly and lasts for a short time until the completion of the dental session.
- A local anesthetic helps the dentist numb the affected site, and also, the patient won’t feel any pain throughout the procedure.
If you have any questions about the sedation dentistry methods, call us at (281) 972-4747 and schedule an appointment with our dentist. We’ll be happy to help you further.