Sedation Dentistry

A lot of people are afraid to go to the dentist, and that is why sedation dentistry exists, but it isn’t something that makes patients fall asleep because for the most part most sedatives allow patients to remain awake but in a very relaxed state of mind.

Sedatives are popular because they don’t require any type of injections, and for the most part patients will have little to no idea what is going on during the procedure or what it was like afterwards even though they were still conscious during the procedure.

The following is a list of advantages that are closely tied to sedation dentistry:

  • No anxiety
  • No side effects
  • More productive visits
  • No needles or pain
  • It’s very safe
  • Less time in procedures

What kinds of sedatives are available to normal patients?

Different levels of sedation can be administered depending on the patient, and so here is a list of all of the different types of the most popular sedatives used in the dental field:

Nitrous Oxide

This is ‘laughing gas’ and it is used through a nose hood and is typically administered throughout an entire procedure and works extremely well. A lot of times it does a wonderful job to let patients relax completely and not feel anxious or even pain during a strenuous dental visit. Also tingling and numbness are associated with nitrous oxide.

IV Sedation

This is a moderate sedation that makes it feel like patients have completely fallen asleep during a procedure, and this is usually used for rather short treatments. It is injected so it works immediately and a lot of times patients can’t drive after getting this type of sedation so it requires a designated driver.

Oral Conscious Sedation

This is an option for people who don’t like needles, and they typically created a very dull response to the senses and allow patients to not feel any pain at all. Most of the time you’ll take a dose before the appointment and then when you are there another dose to ramp up the effects.

What drugs are used in oral conscious sedation?

Benzodiazepines are the type of drug that are commonly used in these sedation and they help to reduce anxiety, and each drug that we are about to detail lasts a different amount of time, so here is a list of the common drugs in oral conscious sedation:

Valium — this has a long life and is used for time consuming procedures

Halcion — this is an insomnia medicine and causes patients to sleep.

Ativan — A really great anxiety medication that is used mostly for dental procedures that are only going to be under two hours long

Versed — this is the least used sedative because it doesn’t last long and issued for short procedures under thirty minutes long.