Sedation dentistry offers individuals with general anxiety about going to the dentist or fears about a specific dental procedure the opportunity to have a stress free and more comfortable experience.
Utilizing safe and controlled sedation techniques prior to the dental procedure the patient is eased into a state of complete relaxation. This eliminates any discomfort, pain, and preoperative anxiety that may be associated with a particular dental visit. With sedation dentistry patients typically feel more at ease post-operatively as they have little or no memory of the actual moment-to-moment dental procedure.
What is the difference between local anesthesia and sedation?
The main difference between local anesthesia and sedation dentistry is that with local anesthesia the patient is only numbed in the immediate treatment area and remains awake during the dental procedure, while with sedation dentistry the patient is eased into a state of complete relaxation.
This can be done through the use of oral conscious sedation or IV sedation dentistry.
With oral conscious sedation the patient takes a pill prior to the dental appointment. The effect of the pill is typically felt within 20-30 minutes. The patient remains awake but feels very relaxed and unaware of the dental procedure.
With IV sedation the patient is connected to an IV which administers the sedative directly into the bloodstream. The effect of the IV sedation is felt almost immediately. The patient remains awake but relaxed and unaware of the dental procedure.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
There are many benefits of sedation dentistry including:
- Reduced anxiety and fear
- Little to no memory of the dental procedure
- The ability to have multiple dental procedures done in one visit
- Less discomfort during the dental procedure
- A more relaxed and comfortable experience
What are the risks of sedation dentistry?
As with any medical procedure there are risks associated with sedation dentistry.
These risks can include:
- Allergic reactions to the medication
- Breathing difficulties
- Cardiac complications
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin reactions
It is important to discuss any risks with your dentist prior to the procedure.
If sedation dentisty is something you desire for your regular service or as a part of a more advanced procedure, please let our staff know when you book the appointment.