Who Can Receive Dental Sedation?
Your dentist may recommend sedation if you suffer from:
- Dental anxiety
- Difficulty controlling movements
- Resistance to local anesthetics
- Dental sensitivity
For patients who have had traumatic dental experience or who are afraid of needles, sedation dentistry offers a way to pursue necessary dental treatment without triggering anxiety attacks. Even if you are comfortable in the dentist’s chair, dental sedation can make it easier to undergo longer appointments for extensive dental work.
When to Use
- Complex extractions
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Dental implant placement surgery
- Bone grafts
- Gum surgery
Levels of Sedation
THERE ARE FOUR MAIN LEVELS OF SEDATION:
Types of Sedation
The most common forms of sedation used in a dentistry include:
- Nitrous oxide for light sedation
- Oral sedatives for conscious sedation
- Intravenous (IV) medication for deep sedation
Typically, general anesthesia is only administered by a certified anesthesiologist. To maximize safety, procedures performed under general anesthesia take place in a hospital, rather than the dentist’s office. However, some dentists are certified to administer general anesthesia.
Choosing the Right Type
OF SEDATION FOR YOU
Different types of sedation achieve varying levels of relaxation. Depending on the extent of your anxiety and the type of procedure you need, your dentist will recommend nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, or intravenous (IV) sedation. You can discuss your options with your dentist before the procedure.
FOR LIGHT SEDATION
FOR MODERATE SEDATION
FOR DEEP RELAXATION
When administered intravenously, sedation takes effect quickly and produces feelings of deep relaxation. In many cases, patients feel like they are just at the edge of sleep. Some will drift off to sleep entirely.
Before starting your procedure, your dentist or an anesthesiologist will place a small needle into the back of your hand or the crook of your elbow. If you are nervous about needles, they can numb the area first. Using this device, your dentist can continually adjust the level of sedation throughout your procedure to ensure you remain deeply calm and relaxed. For IV sedation, you will need someone to accompany you to your appointment and stay with you to ensure the medication fully leaves your system.
Calm, Peaceful Treatment
- American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)
- Academy of Osseointegration (AO)
- International Team for Implantology (ITI)
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