In sedation dentistry there are several different methods such as inhalation, oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV). Sedative agents are typically used for minor surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removal. Sedation dentistry can also be effective for anxious patients.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with pure oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that can be fit over the patient’s nose. The nitrous oxide gas helps the patient to relax and enjoy their appointment. It is for this reason that this type of sedation dentistry is effective for use in certain surgical procedures or patients that are feeling particularly anxious.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is an excellent choice for those that fear needles. Usually, a dose of medication is administered prior to the appointment and then topped up during the procedure as required. Although this type of sedation dentistry does not cause the patient to fall asleep, it does dull the senses and induce a moderate state of sedation.
IV Sedation (Intravenous Sedation)
IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream and takes effect immediately. While some patients report feeling like they slept through their entire procedure, most sedatives actually allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
- Effective and immediate alleviation of anxiety
- Few side effects
- Dosages can be customized to each patient making sedation extremely safe
- Procedures take less time and more can be accomplished during each visit
Whatever form of sedative is used, it is important to be accompanied by a caregiver as it is often not advisable to drive from the appointment following a sedation procedure.
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