What Is Sedation Dentistry?Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications that help you relax during dental procedures. It is also sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although this is a misnomer. Most patients are awake during sedation dentistry, but in some cases, they may not remember the procedure.
There are four levels of sedation, with the first being minimal sedation. During minimal sedation, you are awake and alert, but very relaxed. Moderate sedation, also known as conscious sedation, may cause you to slur your words and produces an amnesic effect. For more serious procedures, such as oral surgery, we typically recommend deep sedation or general anesthesia. During deep sedation, you are on the edge of consciousness, but you can still react and be awakened. During general anesthesia, you are completely asleep.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?There are several factors, such as physical and mental conditions, which must be taken into consideration before we proceed with sedation dentistry. Conditions such as cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses should be addressed before sedation. In some instances, we may need to receive clearance from your general physician.
Sedation is most suitable for patients who have real fears and anxieties that would otherwise prevent them from going to the dentist. Sedation may also be appropriate for patients with a low pain threshold, sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, and a need for a significant amount of dental procedures. Aaron Cooley, DDS may also recommend sedation dentistry for a patient who has trouble staying still in the dentist’s chair.
Types of SedationThe four types of sedation include:
Schedule Your Appointment Today!If you would like to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you, call (425) 249-3509, and schedule your appointment today!