What is Sedation Dentistry?

inhalation sedation at dental clinic

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist and have dental anxiety or dental phobia? Or are you someone who can’t bare pain or have sensitive teeth? If this sounds like you, or if anyone you know has this problem then the best solution might just be sedation dentistry. If you’ve never heard of sedation dentistry the continue reading this post or consult with your dentist to learn more about how it works and if can be beneficial.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is a dental procedure that allows patients to be relaxed with the assistance of medications. Even though patients are under medications they generally awake unless they are under general anesthesia. Based on a person’s needs and the severity of their case, different degrees of sedation can be used.

What are the different types of sedation?

  • Inhaled Minimal Sedation
  • Oral Sedation
  • IV Moderate Sedation
  • Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia

Who can receive sedation dentistry from their dentist?

Sedation dentistry is probably the best option for someone who has anxiety about visiting the dentist or from dental phobia. In addition to anxiety and fear, sedation dentistry would benefit patients who:

  • can’t stand too much pain
  • have trouble staying still while sitting in the dental chair
  • have extremely sensitive teeth
  • need lots of dental work done

Do all dentists offer Sedation Dentistry?

A majority of dentist can offer mild sedation but for deep sedation only a small percentage can actually offer that to patients. If you are considering sedation dentistry, the best thing to do is call your dentist office and find out if they offer the procedure and if not, then they may be able to refer you to someone who does. Once you and your doctor have decided upon sedation dentistry, he or she will go over a list of things with you in order to comfort and prepare you.

If you are someone who has postponed going to the dentist because of reasons listed above, well then hopefully this post gave you some comfort and the boost you need to encourage you to see your dentist. Remember, going to the dentist doesn’t have to be painful, it can be pain free!