Understanding the Options for Sedation Dentistry

Forms of Sedation Dentistry

Going to the dentist gives jitters to many of us. Most of the time this fear is triggered by some incident in childhood and is carried through to adulthood. It is a major concern as not going to the dentist and delaying treatment can cause considerable damage to our oral health.

Over time, and with technological advancements, dentists have been able to bring up a solution to this problem. The branch is known as sedation or sleep dentistry. It is by allowing patients to sleep throughout the dental surgical procedure. And what facilitates this sleep is the choice of sedatives given to the patients in safe amounts.

Various Forms of Sedation Dentistry

Today, let us discuss the various forms of sedation dentistry and how you can benefit from it.

General Anaesthesia

This is the deepest form of sedation that guarantees sound sleep throughout the dental surgery. Dental surgery is carried out after a decided dose of anaesthesia is administered by a registered and experienced anaesthetist. Sedation through general anaesthesia is normally performed in a day-care centre or a hospital with the necessary equipment.

All the major dental surgeries such as tooth removal, dental implants, root canal treatment, etc. are preferred to be performed under the effects of general anaesthesia. It is recommended for people with a deep phobia of dental procedures or have limited time.

Twilight Sedation Or IV(Intravenous) Sedation

Twilight sedation includes sedating the patient by introducing sedatives in the bloodstream of a patient. It is a milder option to general anaesthesia and can be used for dental procedures ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. IV sedation can be customised as per the patient’s needs can be administered through the course of the dental surgical procedure if the need arises.

It takes a patient in a state of sleep which is known as “twilight state”. It is beneficial to the patients who have a mild phobia to dentist procedures or severe gag reflex.

Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas or happy gas. A combination of laughing gas with oxygen is given to a patient through a nosepiece. It helps patients relax throughout the dental procedure. This form of sedation is preferred by patients who are fearful of needles and find the nosepiece comfortable.

It is a light form of sedation and its effects wear off after 5 to 10 minutes. However, it is not recommended for people suffering from cold, hay fever, terminal diseases, or respiratory disorders.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is the most common form of sedation and widely used for patients. A choice of antianxiety medication is provided to be swallowed 1 hour before a dental procedure. This method produces a light to medium level of sedation. The patient can be aware of the surroundings but also relaxed enough to stay calm during the dental procedure.

Anti-Anxiety Medication/ Sedation Via Inhalation

This form of sedation dentistry involves using anti-anxiety medication to be inhaled by the patient through a small stick-like device. The patient can control the level of sedation with the help of this device provided to them. This helps reduce patient’s anxiety to a great extent.

Sedation dentistry not only helps anxious and phobic patients, but it is also helpful in case of accidents and other emergencies. However, it is not suitable for every person and our dentists at Healthy Smiles Dental Group conduct a thorough medical investigation to determine if you are the right candidate for sleep dentistry.

We also have specialist anaesthetists registered under Medicare and at Healthy Smiles, you can avail rebates on your Medicare card. Feel free to consult our expert Blackburn dentists.

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Dr. Ved Berani

Author: Dr. Ved Berani

Dr. Ved Berani, a second-generation dentist and the principal dentist at Healthy Smiles and Sleep Dream Smile, shows great pride in his work by helping his patients achieve cosmetic and aesthetic results all while utilising sleep dentistry and sedation.

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