Visiting the dentist for check-ups and treatment can be uneasy for some of us. For those who avoid dental treatment because of discomfort, sedation dentistry may well be the solution.

Sedation dentistry can be a good alternative for those that are anxious.
Sedation dentistry can be a good alternative for those that are anxious.
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Below us are the benefits of sedation dentistry, and the different levels it entails. We shall also discuss how safe it is and why you may need it at all.

Why You May Need Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry helps patients relax while they receive treatment during dental procedures. Sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry”. Patients prefer to make use of it to make treatment convenient.

Different levels of sedation

Sedation at a minimal level

With minimal sedation, you will be awake, but very relaxed. You will also respond normally to verbal commands and regular body functions. You’re suited for this technique if:

  • You experience low anxiety levels.

Moderate Sedation (Concious Sedation)

With moderate sedation dentistry, you will respond to verbal commands. You’ll also breathe on your own, but you will not remember the details of the dental visit. You’re suited for this technique if:

  • You suffer acute anxiety
  • You need a lot of dental work

In-depth Sedation

You will experience unconsciousness. You may also need help keeping the airway open and breathing. You’re suited for this technique if:

  • You suffer a high level of anxiety
  • You severely fear the dentist
  • You have uncooperative children
  • You’re undergoing a long and intense surgery

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia involves inducing loss of consciousness. It impairs normal breathing during the procedure, and you may need help breathing. This technique is recommended if:

  • You suffer extreme dental phobia
  • You’re mentally or physically disabled
  • You’re undergoing an invasive procedure
Sedation dentistry can be a a great way to get oral care on a regular basis for most patients.
Sedation dentistry can be a a great way to get oral care on a regular basis for most patients.
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Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

  • Comfort and rest
  • Fewer appointments
  • Ease of treatment
  • Prevention of memories from childhood relating to pain and discomfort during dentist appointments.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Oral Sedation

They prescribe patients pills. The pills can be taken a night before the procedure or an hour before. This will help you relax during the treatment. It is highly recommended for patients with a high level of anxiety.

Laughing Gas

The dentist gives you a cannula or mouthpiece through which you breathe in the gas. The effects of the gas last for as long as you are taking it in. Most patients report this being an enjoyable experience.

IV Sedation

IV sedation makes you sleepy and relaxed during the treatment. However, you are not unconscious during the procedure.

Talk to your dentist today about an appointment for sedation dentistry.
Talk to your dentist today about an appointment for sedation dentistry.
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Don’t stay away from treatment because of anxieties. Speak to your licensed dentist or oral surgeon and schedule an appointment today.