A Detailed Insight on Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

What Is Sedation Dentistry and How Can It Help Patients?Because of anxiety or fear, many people would rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist’s office. Thanks to sedation dentistry Tukwila, you can stay calm and relaxed during any dental procedure. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you feel at ease during dental procedures; you are technically awake except if under general anesthesia. Your dentist may use one of the following types of sedation.

Inhaled minimal sedation

This sedation involves breathing in nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, through a mask or nosepiece. You may start feeling calm within three to five minutes. The dentist can control the amount of gas you inhale during the procedure and adjust dosages as needed. Once treatment is done, your dentist gives you pure oxygen to flush the laughing gas out of your system. Nitrous oxide tends to wear off quickly, meaning you can drive yourself home afterward.

Oral sedation

About an hour before treatment, your dentist will give you sedative medication in pill form. In the diazepam family, the most commonly used oral sedative is triazolam, but other medications such as zaleplon and lorazepam can also be used. The pediatric dentist will use oral syrup if your child needs oral sedation. With oral sedation, you are quite dizzy and may fall asleep during the procedure, but a gentle nudge is enough to awaken you.

Intravenous sedation

This is the deepest form of conscious sedation available in a dental office setting; the sedatives are administered directly into your bloodstream through an IV line. Your dentist monitors your oxygen levels, heart rate, and blood pressure throughout the procedure and can adjust your dosage anytime. With IV sedation, you will fall asleep and have little memory of what transpired. Your dentists will likely use intravenous sedation if you have severe dental anxiety or if your procedure is lengthy.

In some cases, general anesthesia can be used in a hospital or ambulatory surgery when treating children or adults with special needs. Unlike other forms of sedation, general anesthesia makes you unconscious throughout the procedure.

Who benefits from sedation dentistry?

Anyone, regardless of age, with real fear or anxiety that prevents them from going to the dentist can benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry may also be an option for people with a low pain threshold, bad gag reflex, sensitive teeth, or claustrophobia while in the dental chair. Your dentist may also use sedation if you need a lengthy dental procedure.

Sometimes sedation is offered for children terrified to go to the dentist or who can’t sit still during the visit. Many providers use nitrous oxide for children; it is safe and can be administered by just about any dentist. Some pediatric dentists are trained to administer oral sedation to children. Before administering oral sedation, the dentists consider the child’s age and weight to ensure they administer the recommended dose.

If you dread dental visits, consult your provider at Addie Chang, DMD, to know if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry.

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