Sedation in dentistry is becoming increasingly common.
Patients are looking for a pain free relaxing experience when they undergo dental treatment. Most dental surgeries now offer sedation to anxious patients, which calms the patient and allows the dentist to work with ease and precision.
Sedative drugs can be given in a few ways:
- A tablet can be given an hour before treatment, this allows the patient to be slightly relaxed.
- Nitrous oxide can be given to the patient whilst in the dental chair. A mask will be placed over the patients nose and a steady supply of nitrous oxide will be inhaled by the patient and the supply is controlled by the dentist.
- Intravenous (IV), this method would normally be given by an anesthetist. The drugs are given through via an injection through your hand or arm.
Oral sedation is the most popular as it is non-invasive and simple and effective. These options give the patient a comfortable experience and a lot of times the procedures are not remembered afterwards.
Local anesthetic will still be given in the mouth for your dental procedures as the pain will still need to be blocked, this will be given after you are sedated so you will not be aware of it.
If you are considering having sedation dentistry, please make sure all options are discussed with your dentist.
Care-giver or family member
A care giver will be needed to take you to the appointment and to drive you home as you will feel the effects of the sedation after your dental treatment, so driving is not permitted.