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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Posted on 4/25/2022 by Ronald Watkins
What is Sedation Dentistry?Many people generally have dental anxiety which is a fear of visiting the dentist's office. Patients can have a problem remaining relaxed even through simple and pain-free sessions such as tooth cleaning. Sedation dentistry, therefore, becomes an effective option for patients who avoid dental clinics like the plague. Sedation dentistry utilizes medication that enables patients to be more relaxed during oral treatment at the office. Some people can call it to sleep dentistry, although that is not completely true. During sedation dentistry, you are usually awake during the entirety of the procedure. Patients who are under general anesthesia are the only ones who can be considered asleep during an operation.

Levels of Sedation

Minimal sedation is the first level of sedation where you are awake but more relaxed. Moderate sedation is a level of consciousness where you can slur words while talking, and you will not remember most of what was happening during the procedure. Then there is deep sedation, where you are close to unconsciousness, but you can easily be awakened. The last level is general anesthesia where you are unconscious. The level applied to a patient is dependent on the treatment procedure.

Who Can Be Helped With Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is mainly for people with a deep fear of visiting the dentist's office. To prevent them from skipping dental visits, sedation dentistry will ensure that they receive the care they need. That being said, sedation dentistry can be beneficial for people with a low pain threshold. If you have very sensitive teeth, sedation could help you not to feel pain. Sedation dentistry is also important for children who cannot sit still on the dentist's chair. When you come to our office, and we determine that you need extensive dental treatment that needs a lot of time to complete, sedation dentistry is usually recommended.
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