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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry


Going to the dentist can be a painful and frightening experience for patients young and old. In fact, millions of patients avoid taking care of important teeth procedures out of fear that they will suffer great pain.

Conscious Sedation Dentistry is a Solution

It is a process that can help to ease the anxiety of some patients and numb the pain of some other patients. Dental patients can opt for conscious sedation if they want to experience painless procedures. An interested party can speak to a specialist about the anesthesia options that the office has for sedation.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

The term sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedatives or anesthesia to slow down the nervous system so that a patient can avoid pain and anxiety. The teeth repair office can choose from a wide variety of options for sedation. The option that the office chooses depends on the patient’s age, desires, health and the procedure at hand. The goal of the sedation is to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the person who is receiving the treatment. All dentists desire that their patients have painless care transactions.

Procedures for Which a Dentist May Use Sedation

A dentist and a patient can opt to use sedation for any dental procedure. Generally, dentists only use anesthesia to numb the patient for a procedure such as a tooth extraction or filling. Some patients may have an extremely high level of anxiety or an extremely low pain threshold. Sedation may be necessary in such cases. A root canal and a wisdom tooth extraction may be good procedures for sedation.

Types of Sedation

The dentist can use one of many types of sedation. One type of sedation that the specialist can use is conscious oral sedation. Conscious sedation is a type of sedation that slows down the nervous system but keeps the patient awake. A specialist may use Valium or an alternate benzodiazepine for conscious oral sedation.

A second type of sedation is inhaled sedation. Inhaled sedation is a technique in which the dentist uses nitrous oxide or the all-famous “laughing gas.” The patient may feel strange, dizzy or bubbly, but the person is still awake. Inhaled sedation is one of the weakest sedation methods.

IV sedation (or intravenous sedation) is another painless oral cavity repair technique. A dentist may use IV sedation for a patient who has high anxiety or extremely sensitive teeth. The office issues the medication through a needle, right to the vein, so the patient can receive its effects quicker. The dentist may use opioid medications for the sedation or benzodiazepines. Opioids are medications such as morphine and Demerol. Some dentists use barbiturates, but their use is rare. IV sedation can be moderate or deep. The patient can be mildly sleepy or fully unconscious. Either way, the person will have no pain.

If you and your dentist opt for a sedation procedure, you need to have a caring family member or friend drive you to the office for the procedure. The office will provide a recovery room that you can use to regain your senses after the procedure. You will be allowed to recover in our office with a friend or relative if desired. You can usually resume normal activities within 12-24 hours.

If you need a dentist in St. George, Utah, call us today. 435-673-9606. Our experienced and caring staff is here to help.

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