Sedation Dentistry: What Should I Know?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although this is not entirely accurate as patients are usually awake. There are a number of different types of sedation available and its important to understand how they work and when they are used if you’re considering sedation dentistry.
Who Can Have Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is most appropriate for those patients with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist. Children are sometimes given sedation if they are terrified of going to the dentist or refuse to cooperate during the visit. Nitrous oxide tends to be safe in children, and just about any dentist can administer it. Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who have:
Types Of Sedation Used In Dentistry
The following types of sedation are commonly used in dental procedures:
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you'll also typically need a local anaesthetic at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth, to numb the area and relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
Talk To Your Dentist
Before the procedure, your dentist will go over your medical history and determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for sedation. There’s no doubt that sedation dentistry is a fantastic option for some people, with some dentists even opting to use it themselves when undergoing certain procedures. But it’s not for everyone and it shouldn’t be pushed on patients. For more information about sedation dentistry and techniques, speak to your dentist.