Types of Sedation Dentistry

sedation dentistrySedation dentistry had brought about a revolution in the field of dental sciences. It is a boon for treating those with a phobia of going to the dentist and for that matter getting a procedure done.

Although any or most of the procedures are conducted with the help of local anesthesia, people tend to get hyper even though the area is thoroughly numbed. They can jump out of the chair even at the sight of dental equipment, leave aside being touch by it. With that said, sedation dentistry has worked wonders for those who get hyper and detest any form of dental procedures.

Getting one completely unconscious is no more a necessity when it comes to doing a procedure. With time, different forms of sedation has evolved, which has been eminently successful and well received. More than the patient being made unconscious it is important to ensure that the patient is calm and does not get hyper during a procedure.

Types of Sedation Dentistry Used

  • Anti-anxiety pills in proper dosage help to get a patient calmed down as well as relaxed. They are transformed to a calm state while the procedure is completed in no time. The commonly used anti-anxiety drug is Benzodiazepines and the pills are sold under the names as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.
  • Sleeping pills also help during a procedure. A medically prescribed dosage helps to make patients feel calm by making them drowsy. It helps to calm down the nerves and help the dentist perform the procedure in one go.
  • Injecting anti-anxiety medications is using sedation through an IV. The drug is administered through an IV and into the blood stream before and during the procedure. The effect can sometimes linger on post the medication as well, so a patient will need to be escorted out of the dentist’s office once the procedure is completed.
  • Another popular sedation technique is using laughing gas, or nitrous oxide. This is administered through inhalation. Commonly explained it is called laughing gas as induces a lightheaded feeling and take one to a trance-like state.

These are the newer and the modern sedation techniques that are used and successfully so by the dentists. One can walk in happily and walk out happily from the dentist’s office without any anxiety or fear.

Read more about the benefits of sedation dentistry.

Brian Harris

Dr. Brian Harris completed his undergraduate schooling at Arizona State University and attended the University of Pacific School of Dentistry. He joined Harris Dental in 2005 and in 2007 Dr. Brian was honored as Young Dentist of the Year by the Crown Council.

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