Sedation Dentistry: The Different Levels of Sedation

Dental work does not have to cause anxiety or make patients feel uncomfortable. Sedation dentistry, which is known as conscious sedation, can help you to feel more relaxed and allow us to perform the necessary dental procedures without anxiety or pain. Whether you suffer from a deep seeded fear of the dentist, have a low tolerance for pain or require extensive dental surgery, sedation can help to make it possible to have your dental procedures done successfully.

Sedation Dentistry and Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation, which is possible with sedation dentistry, simply alters the patient’s level of consciousness during the procedure. It differs from general anesthetic which requires a patient to have help breathing and have no control over his own reflexes. During conscious sedation, a patient is simply in a more relaxed state, but able to breathe on his own and handle his own reflexes. The nervous system is simply relaxed, helping you to forget your fear and have an overall feeling of wellness, feeling no pain during the procedures.

The Types of Conscious Sedation Dentistry

There are several ways that sedation dentistry is accomplished. The most common and the easiest to administer is nitrous oxide or laughing gas. This method of sedation simply requires you to wear a nose-hood which administers the medication through your nose as you breathe it in. You will feel more relaxed and possibly a little numb. For those patients that require a more intense sedation, we also have oral and IV sedation available, which differ in the method that they are administered yet provide positive results. Oral sedation is taken before the procedure is started, allowing you to feel relaxed for several hours. IV sedation is administered in the office with an IV and creates immediate relaxation and/or conscious sedation.

General Anesthesia and Sedation Dentistry

General anesthesia is considered a sleep sedation, rather than conscious sedation dentistry and is reserved for more complicated dental surgeries or for those patients with an extreme fear of the dentist. This method does not allow the patient to breathe on his own or have control over his reflexes.

Sedation dentistry is an easy way to help patients with any level of fear, anxiety or lack of tolerance for pain to have required or even elective dental procedures completed. Sedation during dental procedures is approved by the American Dental Association and has helped thousands of patients have their necessary procedures completed successfully.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry procedures, please call us at Progressive Dental Care Center for a consultation.

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