Going to the dentist can be quite annoying, for some people however the experience can be uncomfortable and even painful. At times, people choose to suffer in silence rather than go to the dental to resolve any oral issues. There is a solution if you are one of those people who is afraid of the dentist’s chair; sedation dentistry!
Sedation can be used in a wide variety of oral procedures from simple teeth cleanings to more complex ones like a root canal. The fear that every patient has is different and the sedation that is used on them will be different. Sedation dentistry involves the use of medicines to keep patients relaxed while they are getting dental procedures done. Patients are awake during this time, they are just kept relaxed to keep their anxieties at bay. There are multiple levels of sedations that are used to keep patients from getting anxious; minimal sedation where the patient is awake, moderate sedation where the patient cannot speak properly and may not remember the procedure, deep sedation where the patient is almost unconscious and general anesthesia where the patient is completely unconscious. General anesthesia is only used in severe cases where the patient needs sedation to be able to sit through a procedure.
There are multiple types of sedation used in dental procedures:
- Inhaled minimal sedation. Patients are made to inhale nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas. The dentist can control the amount of gas inhaled and the effects of the gas keep the patient relaxed during the procedure but wear off quickly afterwards.
- Oral sedation. The dentist may advise a pill that can make the patient drowsy during a procedure. Oral sedation can cause minimal to moderate sedation and needs to be taken up to an hour before a procedure to take effect.
- IV moderate sedation. Sedation drugs can also be provided through an IV line which allows the dentist to control the amount of drugs being administered.
- Deep sedation and general anesthesia. Medications can also cause deep sedation and general anesthesia which take a long time to wear off and may require other medicines to reverse.
Beverly Hills Dental Clinic now offers you the chance to be sedated while we take care of your teeth. Call us now to book an appointment.