Sedation dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist’s office? You’re not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.

The levels of sedation used include:

  • Minimal sedation — you are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) — you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation — you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anesthesia — you are completely unconscious.
  • Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic — numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth — to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
    Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:
  • have a low pain threshold
  • can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • have very sensitive teeth
  • have a bad gag reflex
  • need a large amount of dental work completed

Your guide to nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation
What is nitrous oxide?
What is nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation?
What is the effect of this type of sedation?
How is nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation given to patients?
Is nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation safe?
Which patients are appropriate for nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation?
Are there any side effects?
Can nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation be used for any type of pain relief?
Is exposure to excessive nitrous oxide dangerous?
What are the pre-operative instructions to be followed?
Are there any post-operative instructions for me to follow?