Who needs sedation dentistry? Anyone who cannot endure sitting through a dental procedure may need sedation. People suffering from dental anxiety or dental phobia should consider this option to get necessary dental treatment.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry helps people get treated without having to worry about pain or discomfort. A caring dentist considers the preferences, feelings and needs of their patients and finds solutions that best suit their condition. Other advantages:
- The dental team can operate more efficiently if the patient is comfortable and relaxed. Sedation allows the patient to receive treatment without stress.
- Dentists can control the level of sedation suitable for the individual: minimal sedation (one is awake but relaxed), moderate sedation (heightened state of relaxation and reduced awareness), deep sedation (one dozes off but can be awakened later on) and general anesthesia (a person is totally unconscious).
- Patients can choose from 3 different types of sedation: Inhaled minimal sedation or Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), oral conscious sedation (sedatives taken orally) or intravenous or IV sedation (drug that is injected through the vein). Dr. Ron Receveur recommends Intravenous or IV Sedation for patients with moderate to severe dental fear, especially if the procedure is long and complicated like getting dental implants.
If it’s your first time to get treated under sedation, here’s what to expect:
- Sedation banishes anxiety and relaxes you, allowing the dentist to perform necessary dental work.
- A trip to the clinic that requires 6 to 8 visits may be reduced to 1 or 2 visits.
- No need to worry about the sight, sound or smell of medical instruments, medicines or drilling sound.
- Intravenous or IV Sedation is performed by highly-skilled and trained professionals. Complications are rare if the procedure is done by a competent and experienced dentist.