Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedation during dental treatment. A wide range of sedation methods available will ensure that you undergo your dental treatments in a calm and relaxed state of mind. The various sedation methods will induce a dream-like state of deep relaxation that lasts the entire dental procedure.
Before opting for sedation or anesthetic, it is vital to tell our dentist about any medications or any ongoing medical treatments. Before administering the sedation, our dentist Dr.Askari will give you pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Types of Sedation
Using sedatives and pain relievers, oral conscious sedation produces a relaxed state of consciousness in a patient and helps reduce pain and discomfort. Patients who are given oral conscious sedation are still aware and can respond to questions during treatment. They express any pain or discomfort they may be having, although they may have little or no memory about the procedure.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly called "laughing gas," is often used as a conscious sedation during dental procedures. The gas is given with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps anxious patients to relax during their dental treatment. Once the process is completed, the nitrous oxide is turned off, and oxygen is administered for 5-10 minutes to help remove any remaining gas. The effects of the gas will wear off almost instantaneously. Nitrous oxide very rarely causes any side effects, although some patients may experience slight nausea and constipation.
Intravenous sedation is sometimes known as "sleep dentistry" and involves administering a dose of sedatives directly into the bloodstream intravenously. IV sedation is highly beneficial for patients who are nervous or anxious about their dental visits, as the sedatives will make the patient calm almost instantly. It also serves as an amnesiac, causing them not to remember the dental treatment afterward, even though they will remain conscious and responsive during the procedure.
General anesthesia helps put a patient entirely to sleep during a dental procedure. The anesthesia can be given in various ways, including injection, gas inhalation, or through an IV, depending on the patient's needs. Besides keeping the patient unconscious, the sedation also acts as an amnesiac, making the patient forget about the treatment altogether. General anesthesia is very safe to use if it is performed under expert guidance.
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