Remember how scared we were during our visits to dentistry as kids? Some of us may still have dentophobia, fear of pain, or similar fears, making excuses for not seeing a dentist. According to DentaVox, a market research platform, 6 out of 10 respondents worldwide said they're suffering from dental fear, among which around 4%of have never been to a dentist.
If you are someone like this, sedation dentistry can help in reducing some of their anxiety. This sedation method can be used in both invasive and non-invasive procedures depending on the fear's gravity.
Sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with various medications used to relax patients during dental procedures, for example, local anesthesia, where only the part of the mouth where treatment is carried out is numbed. Usually, the patients tend to stay awake throughout the procedure, with no or less fear or stress.
There are four levels of sedation: minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia.
In minimal sedation, you will be awake but relaxed, and during moderate sedation, there is a chance that you may mumble with random conversations. But don't worry, you won't remember much of the procedure after getting back. Deep sedation is the third level, where you are awake but will be on the border. During general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious, and you won't even remember things until the procedure is completed.
Also, there are mainly four types of sedatives used:
Here, in this method, you will have to inhale nitrous oxide, popularly known as 'laughing gas.' The effect of this sedation will not remain for a long time. So, you can return to your normal ways after dental treatment.
Oral sedation can provide a minimum to moderate sedation effect, depending on the dosage. For this, pills like Halcion are used. Its effect lasts for some time, depending on the patient.
In this method, the sedation is given via IV drip directly to your veins. This is a faster and efficient way of sedation, allowing the dentist to control its effect.
During this deep sedation, you will be almost or unconscious with the help of medications. It may take a while to return your consciousness, in some cases, even hours.
Arden Dental Care offers you pain-free, comfortable, and relaxing dental treatments with the right sedative dentistry practices because we believe in providing the best dental treatment to you, by all means.
Please call us at (916) 481-2001 or schedule an online consultation with our team of dental experts, and we can help you further.
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