Variations in Sedation Dentistry
Does the thought of visiting your dentist for teeth cleaning make you tense with fear? Are you the kind of person who would rather endure the anguish of a toothache instead of visiting the dentist? Then you are not alone, many people hate the idea of going to their dentists. But with sedation dentistry, you can start looking forward to your next dentist visit without any fear or anxiety.
What is sedation-dentistry?
Also referred to as sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to calm & relax a patient before and also during his/her dental appointment. These sedatives act by depressing your CNS (Central nervous system), specifically on the different regions which are concerned with conscious-awareness. Actually there are various varying degrees of CNS depression which correspond to different levels of relaxation.
· General anesthesia-this involves the patient being completely unconscious throughout the entire procedure.
· Deep sedation- with this level of sedation, you will be on-the-edge of consciousness but you can be awakened.
· Moderate sedation (previously referred to as conscious sedation)-with moderate sedation you might slur some words while speaking, but you will not remember the procedure.
· Minimal sedation- you will be awake but very relaxed.
Types of sedation’s used in dentistry
1. Oral sedation
Depending on the quantity of dose given, oral sedation ranges from minimal sedation to moderate sedation. For minimal sedation, you will be given a pill, Halcion to be precise, an hour prior to your procedure. You will feel drowsy but be awake during the entire procedure. For moderate sedation a larger dose is usually given. This is actually the kind of anesthesia which is usually used in sedation dentistry in Boynton Beach. With moderate oral sedation, many people tend to fall asleep during their procedure, but they can be easily awakened with a tender shake.
2. Inhaled minimal sedation
With this type of sedation, you will breathe a unique combination of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and oxygen through a gas mask which will be placed over the nose. This gas will help you relax and your dentist can always control the amount of gas you inhale, plus the effect of this gas wears out quickly. This is actually the only type of sedation where the patient can drive himself home after his procedure.
3. Deep sedation
The dentist will give you some medication that will make you either completely unconscious or almost unconscious during the procedure. While under deep sedation, you will not wake up until the effect of the anesthesia is reversed or wear off.
4. IV-moderate sedation
The dentist will give you the sedatives intravenously, this way it takes effect faster. With this type of sedation, your dentist can adjust the level of sedation as he cleans your teeth.
The benefits of sedation dentistry
1. The patient can easily relax before and throughout the entire procedure.
2. The dentist can control the patient’s movement throughout the procedure since the patient will be co-operating with him/her.
3. The patient will never remember part of the procedure.
4. Sedation dentistry is time saving since the dentist can do all the necessary procedures in fewer sessions, so the patient will have to book very few appointments.
5. The gag-reflex is controlled.
Over the years this type of dentistry has become very popular, since it has numerous benefits for both the dentist and the patient. But regardless of the type of sedation used, you will require a local anesthetic to help numb the area where your dentist will be working on. This will help relieve any kind of pain and discomfort the procedure might bring.
There are various different levels of sedation dentistry in West Palm Beach, that will typically give the patient a pill to swallow an hour prior to the procedure:
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