Sedation dentistry is when dental procedures are accompanied by the use of sedatives to ease the patient’s fear and anxiety. It is mainly used during extensive procedures for patients with extreme dental phobia. The American Dental Association approves sedation that effectively makes many patients comfortable during their dental procedure.
At Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, we use sedatives to help our patients relax while undergoing the necessary procedure. Before using the sedation, we make sure that the patients take a break from prescription medications and are medically fit.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the administering of a sedative to make you relax or put you to sleep during your appointments. If you fear dental treatments and consequently avoid them, sedation dentistry is the right option for you. It’s safe for both children and adults alike. Sedation is often needed to effectively perform more complicated surgeries and procedures.
What Are the Types of Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation creates a relaxed state of consciousness through sedatives to lessen pain and discomfort. Patients who avail of this type of sedation would still be awake and aware during the procedure. They would also be able to respond to questions and express pain or discomfort. But they may remember very little or nothing about the procedure.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered with a mixture of oxygen to produce a calming effect. This effect helps anxious or phobic patients relax during their dental treatment. On completion of the treatment, the nitrous is turned off, and oxygen is given for another few minutes to help remove any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost instantly. Nitrous oxide very rarely causes side effects that include constipation and mild nausea.
Intravenous (IV) sedation involves giving a dose of sedatives directly into the bloodstream by employing an IV. This method is highly effective for patients who are exceedingly fearful or anxious about their dental visits, as the sedatives will calm the patient almost instantly. It also serves as an amnesiac, causing them to forget the dental operation afterward, even though the patient will remain aware and responsive during the procedure.
General anesthesia makes a patient totally unconscious during a dental procedure. The anesthesia can be administered in various ways, including injection, gas inhalation, or through an IV, depending on the situation. Besides keeping the patient unconscious, this sedation also has amnesiac effects. General anesthesia is totally harmless when given under trained supervision.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry and want to know more about your options, call our office, Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, at (650) 321-0340 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Emam.