Sedation Dentistry has become a very popular technique that allows patients to have a decreased level of anxiety when it comes to getting dental procedures done. sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness in which the patient retains the ability to independently maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical and verbal stimulation but in which anxiety and pain are depressed. Most patients who choose sedation dentistry remember very little about their visit. There are several different sedation methods.
Types of Sedation.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Oral sedation uses pills to deliver the sedative medications. The drug commonly used is called Halcion (triazolam is the generic name). Oral sedation is very effective to aid the patient through short, and non-invasive dental procedures. This technique is commonly advertised as “oral conscious sedation” or “sedation dentistry” by other offices.
Intravenous (Sleep) Sedation
Intravenous (Sleep) Sedation is a technique through which complete patient comfort is achieved by the administration of sedative and pain controlling drugs directly into the veins.
Commonly referred to as “Laughing Gas” (even though it does not make anyone laugh!) this method provides a light, comfortable sedation for small, short procedures.
Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry?
Anyone who has fears and anxiety about dental treatment.
Anyone who has put off dental care for years because of dental anxiety.
Anyone who suffers from dental phobias or who has had traumatic dental experiences.
Anyone who wants to have all their dental care provided in one day.
Anyone who has sensitive teeth.
Anyone who has difficulty getting numb using traditional dental techniques.
Sedation Dentistry and Implant Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry also can help with complex procedures such as dental implants procedures. When combined, implant techniques and sedation form a remarkably innovative pair.
By combining implant techniques and sedation:
Sedation increases case acceptance of implant dentistry.
Patients have more implants placed per appointment when sedated.
Patients who have implants placed while sedated report a more pleasant experience and are more likely to repeat the experience and refer.
Pre-existing medical conditions are less of a risk to the implant patient when they are sedated.
Another advantage is that the dentist has the option to administer pain relieving drugs along with the sedative drugs.
Implant dentistry is can cause anxiety in patients and take several visits depending on the exact procedures. Sedation dentistry can help ease the anxiety and help shorten how many procedures a patient may have to go through. Talk to the staff of Progressive Dental today about your implant dental work.