by Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS,FDS RCS,MS
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a helpful option for patients who are scared when visiting the dentist’s office. Sedation dentistry can help children who are extremely scared, special needs children, and adults who have a phobia of the dentist. Since these patients are asleep during the procedures, they can be more relaxed. Healing has also been shown to improve because they are not so stressed during the treatment. There are different stages of sedation used:
Minimal- relaxed and conscious
Moderate- words can be slurred, person will not remember treatment
Deep- barely conscious, but can be woken up
General anesthesia- unconscious
IV sedation is available to help patients reach unconsciousness faster. Levels can be regulated throughout the treatment. A qualified anesthesiologist will oversee general and IV anesthesia.
Who Can Undergo Sedation at the Dentist?
Adults and children who have difficulty visiting the dentist because of their fear or whose treatments are less successful because of their anxiety are very good candidates for sedation. It is recommended for people who:
Are extremely nervous or fearful
Have sensitive teeth and gag reflex
Don’t deal well with pain
Can’t sit still
Require extensive dental work
Is the Process Safe?
Since our office employs the most innovative sedation selections and the doctor has been expressly trained to oversee sedation, it is a exceedingly safe. Some form of risk is always present when undergoing anesthesia, however, our knowledgeable staff is more than proficient at dispensing sedation. Before the procedure, the dentist will review the patient’s medical history in order to meet any special requirements which the patient has. The dentist will choose the best type of sedation for the patient and control the dosage throughout the procedure to ensure there are no unwanted side effects.