What is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry is the collection of treatments and sedatives used in dental treatments to help treat patients with dental anxiety and to help dull or diminish any pain or discomfort they may feel. With anesthetics, deep surgical procedures can be done without the risk of a patient moving. Sedatives used in dentistry can range from mild relaxants all the way to deep sleep drugs.
Some sedatives use gas to help relax a patient. This form of inhaled minimal sedation often consists of a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, which combine to form what we commonly call laughing gas. Laughing gas is safe and effective and wears off quickly allowing the patient to continue on with their day as normal.
Other sedatives can be given in pill form, which takes a while to kick in. Typically, ingested sedatives must be taken an hour before a procedure. Dosages can be adjusted accordingly for different levels of sedation.
Some of the fastest acting sedatives are those directly inserted into a patient’s bloodstream. These intravenous sedatives are highly effective and can be applied to varying degrees, as dosages can be adjusted accordingly for different levels of sedation.
Deep sedatives and anesthesia are used to put a person fully to sleep with almost no risk of waking up before the sedatives wear off. These are highly effective for intensive surgeries that may last for hours.
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