One of the newest branches of dentistry is sedation dentistry. But despite the fact that it has only started being offered by dentists recently, this does not dampen this service’s popularity at all. With dentists estimating that 30 percent of the population being composed of individuals suffering from dental anxiety, the use of substances which can place a person at a calmer state could not be underestimated. And not only does this benefit the patient who is perpetually scared of having to go to the dentist but it’s also a blessing for the dentist who would have had to contend with an extremely upset and restless patient.
Levels of Sedation
If you’re concerned that you might be knocked out every time you go to the dentist, even if it’s just for a simple and routine procedure like dental cleaning, then you don’t have to be. There are different levels of sedation which you can be induced to depending on the need.
Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis
Mild sedation will leave you with a diminished ability to feel pain but that does not mean that you won’t be capable anymore of understanding the things which are happening around you. For instance, you can still talk to your dentist when he or she speaks to you. Nitrous oxide, or what is commonly known as laughing gas, is the most common sedative that can render you in a state of mild sedation. The reason for why nitrous oxide is dubbed as laughing gas is due to the fact that individuals feel generally giddy and have a general feeling of well-being. Another thing which adds to the convenience of the use of nitrous oxide is the fact that this gas gives off its effects almost immediately.
Moderate Sedation — IV and IM
Moderate sedation won’t render you unconscious but it will make you groggy and have reflexes which aren’t that sharp anymore. For this reason, you would require somebody to drive you to the dental clinic and then back to your home, as well as stay with you until the effects of the sedative begin to wear off. The administration of sedatives for moderate sedation can be done either intravenously or intramuscularly.
Deep sedation will place you in a state of unconscious and would require the use of general anesthesia. This level of sedation is only called for in extremely invasive procedures which take long periods of time to complete.
Image Courtesy Pinterest