Sedation dentistry uses specific medication to help patients become more relaxed at their dental appointments. Usually, the medicine is a tablet that you take before your appointment with the dentist. The pill allows for gentle sedation, meaning you wake up feeling invigorated after your treatment with a beautiful and healthy smile.
There are two types of sedation to treat different levels of anxiety or different cases, and each will put you in different states of relaxation:
· Light Sedation
With minimal sedation, you remain awake and alert but you are relaxed during your procedure.
· Moderate Sedation
You will remain conscious during the procedure, but you probably won't remember much about it. While you're able to communicate, you may feel tired and slur your words. Some patients do fall asleep with moderate sedation but can be easily woken.
Who is a candidate?
Do you become intimidated by dental visits? It could originate from a single bad experience or a general fear of the needles and sounds. If the thought of an appointment with a dentist makes you uncomfortable, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry.
You may have an extreme gag reflex that can make an appointment extremely uncomfortable. You may feel embarrassed about your oral health. You may be someone who needs an extensive amount of dental work and need it done all at once. If you relate to any of these reasons, you’re a candidate for Oral Sedation.
What are the benefits versus the risks?
Oral Sedation Dentistry has a significant number of benefits patients can appreciate. You can rest while getting your dental treatment, and you can also save time by having extensive procedures done in one appointment.
There are always inherent risks with anaesthesia, so if you suffer with certain medical conditions (sleep apnea, obesity, etc.), you should talk to your doctor before undergoing procedures with Sedation Dentistry.