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November 09 2010

Sedation techniques in dentistry

Sedation Dentistry refers to the practice of using sedatives to calm the patient before and during a dental appointment. Not everyone requires this, but for those who do, it means the difference between having their teeth cared for, and doing without. Certain patients who have “dental phobia” experience difficulty in approaching a dentist for their dental problem because of their fears. Sedation dentistry allows the dentist to work in an anxiety-free environment and reduces stress for both the patient and the dentist. 

Sedation dentistry in Fort Worth, TX is used in conjunction with local anesthetics. The local anesthetics are applied after the patient has been sedated comfortably and he/she will not respond adversely to the subsequent injection. Multiple procedures can be completed in 1-2 sittings more efficiently under sedation. Anxious patients normally require multiple sittings for a single procedure due to their fears of the dental office.

There are many people who refuse to even make dental appointments because of a perceived fear of going to the dentist. 

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There are typically a few different levels of sedation offered by your dental office in Arlington, TX. With minimal sedation, the anxiety of the patient is reduced to allow the dentist to work comfortably while the patient is completely aware of his surroundings and can respond to verbal and visual commands. With moderate sedation, the anxiety levels are further reduced. Minimal to moderate levels of sedation are usually needed to reduce moderate levels of anxiety. Deep sedation involves complete loss of consciousness so that the patient cannot respond to external stimuli. The patient will not remember anything that happened during the procedure if under deep sedation. 

There are many different types of sedatives used in dentistry:

  • Tranquillizers
  • Depressants
  • Anti-anxiety medications e.g. Diazepam
  • Nitrous oxide

Sedatives can be administered through many routes. The most commonly used routes are:

  • IV sedation
  • Oral sedation
  • Inhalation sedation

Nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, is the most popular choice since it has a very pleasant after -effect.

As with most dental services, recovery time is very short, and most people will be able to return to normal activity within a few hours.

Oral sedation takes up to 1 hour to sedate a patient sufficiently and takes longer for the effects to wear off. Patients under oral sedation are not advised to operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Sedation cosmetic dentistry in new york city is safe and the drugs used as sedatives are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Sedation dentistry protocols have been followed for almost 30 years without major incidents. Any dental procedure can be done under sedation including routine dental cleanings and fillings, to complex procedures like dental implants and wisdom tooth removal.