Sedation dentistry is a technique in which the dentist administers medications to the patient to help them relax before or during a dental procedure. Sedation dentistry is often known as sleep dentistry. After receiving the medications, the patient falls asleep.
Dentists must have training beyond the usual dental school classes to follow specific rules and procedures when administering sedation to patients. The dentist must be qualified and have considerable experience in sedation dentistry for carrying out such procedures.
Who can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
Patients who have a high level of anxiety and fear dental operations benefit from sedation dentistry. Patients who have had trouble getting numb benefit from sedation dentistry.
Patients who simply find it difficult to sit in the dental chair for long appointments.
What are the Sedation Techniques Used in Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry employs a range of techniques, including the following:
Minimal: The patient is conscious but is completely calm with minimal medication.
Moderate: The patient is semi-conscious and can speak in a slurred tone but will have little recollection of the procedure.
Deep: It is a type of sedation in which the patient is asleep but not fully and can be awakened.
General anesthesia: The patient is entirely unconscious after undergoing a general anesthetic.
What Types of Sedatives are Used at Old Town Dental Group?
This method of sedation involves taking an oral sedative medication before the procedure. A modest dose will cause drowsiness, whereas a big dose will make the patient fall asleep.
IV sedation, like oral sedation, can make people feel as if they are sleeping. The mode of administration differs between oral and intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation, which is administered by injection, has a nearly instantaneous impact and is best used for shorter dental operations.
Sedation dentistry is generally safe for all. However, it is important to give complete disclosure of your health to your dentist beforehand.
Please reach out to Old Town Orange Dental Group in Orange, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Levitt. Please us at (714) 997-9030 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.