A large number of people fear the dentist’s chair. It is something which gives us the creeps since it involves a lot of pain in most cases. Sometimes, people even prefer to bear the pain at home and take some over-the-counter products to do away with the pain, swelling, or discomfort or even infection rather than go to see a dentist.
Now a new branch of dentistry, referred to as sedation dentistry is opening up newer avenues for this very purpose. Sedation can be used for almost all procedures right from invasive ones to a very simple teeth cleaning up act. Sedation dentistry involves using medication to help a patient feel more relaxed while a dental treatment is going on. At times, this is also termed as “sleep dentistry.” However, this is not a very accurate description since the patient does not go off to sleep during procedures. Patients are mostly awake except in events when general anesthesia has been administered.
Which are the different levels of sedation involved?
- Minimal sedation – this is when the patient is awake but is very relaxed.
- Moderate sedation – this is when a person may even slur out words while speaking and will not remember much of what is going on around him or her.
- Deep sedation – this is when the patient is at the edge of consciousness but still can be awakened out of their senses.
- General anesthesia – this is when a patient is unconscious.
Which are the different types of sedation used for dental purposes?
- Inhaled minimal sedation – in this one is made to breathe nitrous oxide. This is also called laughing gas. This is mixed along with oxygen and is given to a patient via a mask which is placed over his or her nose. This gas helps a person relax. The dentist takes full control of the situation when it comes to the amount of gas which is to be inhaled. Also, the effect of this gas wears off very fast.
- Oral sedation – this can be given in various doses ranging from minimal to moderate amounts. The sedation will make a person feel drowsy. Usually, it is given about an hour before the commencement of the treatment.
- IV moderate sedation – in this mode, the drug is given to the patient via a vein. Thus, it tends to affect much faster.
- Deep sedation and general anesthesia – These sedations will make a person get knocked out, so to say, for a while. The person falls into a deep slumber and is not at all aware of what is happening around him or her.
Whichever the form of sedation a dentist gives to a patient, these are also accompanied by a local anesthetic or a numbing medication which is given at the site where the treatment is to be performed. This is to get rid of any sensation of discomfort or pain.
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