What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to that branch of dentistry that deals with using proper medication on patients to help them relax during dental procedures. Sometimes known as “sleep dentistry”, they dull the senses of the patients while keeping them awake during the entire duration of their dental treatment. However, if you are under general anesthesia, you are going to pass out for the duration of your treatment.

Now let us take a look at the various levels of oral sedation dentistry.

What Are The Levels Of Oral Sedation Dentistry?

The levels of oral sedation dentistry are –

  1. Minimal sedation that allows you to stay awake but in a relaxed manner.
  2. Moderate deflation where you do not have much recollection about the entire process of your treatment and you may even slur your words while speaking.
  3. Deep sedation is where one is awake but just on the edge of consciousness.
  4. General anesthesia is where one is completely unconscious.

Now that we know about the various levels, let us learn about the various types of sedation used under sedation dental care.

What Are The Types Of Sedation Used Under Sedation Dentistry?

In our dental sedation clinic, the following are the types of sedation used during dental procedures –

  • Inhaled Minimal Sedation 

The minimal sedation includes a little bit of nitrous oxide or laughing gas along with oxygen. You breathe in the gas through a mask and it helps you relax while you sit on the dentist’s chair.

  • Oral Sedation 

For oral sedation, there are two levels – mild and moderate. If you require mild oral sedation, then you are given a pill like Halcion to be taken an hour before your dental procedure. In case of moderate oral sedation, you will be given the same pill but in a larger dose.

  • IV Moderate Sedation

Under this method, you will directly be given the sedation drug through a vein. It works more quickly on your body and allows your dentist to adjust its levels accordingly.

  • Deep Sedation And General Anesthesia 

Under deep sedation, you will be given medications to keep you almost or entirely unconscious. In general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious and will wake up after a considerable amount of time.

Who Needs Sedation During Dental Procedures?

Sedation is recommended to anyone who will be going through a painful dental procedure. But sedation is required mostly by individuals who 

  • Are anxious about going to the dentist’s chair
  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Are incapable of staying still during procedures
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Need to go through lengthy dental procedures
  • Have a bad gag reflex 

We offer reliable sedation dentistry South Carolina to ensure that you do not face extreme pain during your dental procedures. If you are looking for more information on dental sedation services or thinking of booking an appointment with our dentist, head on to our website to know more.

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