Why use sedation for dentistry?
Nobody goes to the dentist with a spring in his step. However, there are some people that feel quite traumatized by the very thought of the dental clinic. Their fear is acute- so much that they literally feel unwell, with anxiety symptoms nausea, cramps, palpitations, sweating, shivering, and an unsettled stomach. Imagine feeling so bad for every dental visit. The solution for such highly anxious patients is sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
A local anesthetic numbs the pain. Sedation makes the patient semi unconscious to his surroundings. Mild sedatives merely relax the patient or distract him temporarily from the procedure he is about to undergo. When used in dentistry, sedation allows very anxious patients to calm down and let the treatment go on, without interruption or unpleasant incidents.
There are patients that are so scared that they experience a fight or flight reaction when they go to the dentist. If they do not get a sedative, there is a chance that they may hurt themselves or the dentist treating them. Therefore, those people with high anxiety get much needed relief thanks to sedation.
What are the different levels of sedation?
Mild to moderate sedation –
This is normally administered in the form of a pill that has to be swallowed. Therefore, this type of sedation is also known as oral sedation. The patient feels quite sleepy.
Heavy sedation –
The patient is half-asleep but can but can be awakened at any time during the procedure. His mind will be groggy until the effect of the sedative wears off and he may not remember what happened minutes ago. When dealing with children, a dentist may use this type of sedation.
General anesthesia –
This is for the most anxious patients. The patient is effectively put to sleep.