Sedation Dentistry: Different Types and Uses

Sedation Dentistry is a generalized term that is used to describe dentistry that is performed while a patient is under some type of sedative medication or combination of medications. Sedation can be used for treatments ranging from cosmetic dentistry to dental implants and everything in between. This sedation can come in three different forms: inhaled, oral and intravenous (IV). Due to patient demand, many dental practices around the United States currently offer some or all of these forms of Sedation Dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide is one form of Sedation Dentistry that is offered by many dentists.Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be inhaled to produce a euphoric feeling and to alleviate or diminish pain. Under Nitrous Oxide, patients remain aware of their surroundings, however, the mild sedative helps to relax nerves and calm anxieties that may be associated with visiting the dentist.

Oral Conscious Sedation is another form of Sedation Dentistry. In this case, sedative medications are given to patients orally prior to a dental procedure. The oral sedative medications produce a drowsy effect and make patients slightly less focused on their surroundings but will not put them to sleep. For this type of sedation, transportation must be arranged both to and from the dentist’s office.

IV Sedation is another form of Sedation Dentistry that involves administering sedative medications intravenously. This type of sedation also requires that the patient have transportation both to and from the dentist’s office from another reliable adult.

General anesthesia administered in a hospital setting can also be used in dental practice but is not as common as the other types of sedation. This is typically used in cases where multiple procedures are performed at one time or if the patient has some type of physical or medical limitation that makes it difficult to receive dental care in a dental office setting.

Sedation Dentistry is a good option for patients with dental phobias or a fear of the dentist. It can also be a good solution for patients with severe gag reflexes, difficulty getting numb and physical or developmental disabilities that make it difficult to receive dental treatment. Lastly, it can also be used for patients who simply desire a more pleasant dental experience.

Sedation Dentistry has been used effectively for many years. However, it is not right for everyone. Only you and your dentist can decide whether or not Sedation Dentistry is right for you and if it is, which type best suits your needs. If you have questions about Sedation Dentistry, talk to your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Randy Muccioli, Muccioli Dental

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