If you belong to the millions of people who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, then sedation dentistry may be a good option for you. Sedation dentistry only means that you are sedated in some procedures that may generally cause discomfort. In most cases, patients are generally awake and conscious. However, there are those who are put under general anesthesia where you are completely “asleep” or unconscious.
At Braydon Dental Care clinic, there are different levels of sedation, dependent on the patient’s level of anxiety.
Minimal sedation- when you are completely awake but very calm and relaxed.
Moderate sedation- when you are conscious but won’t really remember much after the procedure.
Deep sedation- the patient is on the edge of consciousness but may be awakened
General anesthesia- when the patient is completely unconscious.
The types of sedation used are as follows:
The patient inhales nitrous oxide also known as the “laughing gas”. This gas is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a mask. The gas helps you relax and wears off easily.
This can range from mild to moderate depending on the dosage given by your dentist. You are given a pill similar to Valium and this makes you drowsy. Some patients even fall asleep during the procedure.
This type of sedation also ranges from mild to moderate, all depending on the amount your dentist gives. With this type, you are given sedative drugs through your veins so it works more quickly.
With this type, you are given sedatives which can make you fall asleep throughout the entire procedure. The effect is longer as you wake up only after the drug wears off or you may be given another drug to counteract the sedative given to you.