What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses sedative medications to help patients relax while they visit the dentist, so that when they see the dentist, they will obtain the care they need to achieve excellent oral health, but without the discomfort that many patients experience. Sedation dentistry alleviates anxieties and concerns so that patients do not have to miss the care they need. As a result of this fear and anxiety, it is also suitable for patients who have not seen the dentist for years.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, sedation has for decades been used safely in dentistry. Your medical history will be checked prior to treatment to look for drug reactions or other problems that may pose a problem. Plus, during the whole process, you will be closely monitored.
How does sedation work?
Sedatives will be given either orally or into your veins via an IV prior to your operation to help you relax. Your fitness, your procedure, your level of anxiety and your preferences will affect the type of sedation you obtain. You’ll be calm and comfortable during the operation, but still able to respond to orders like “open wider.” During their care, most patients doze. Most patients have no recollection of their procedure or of any pain or discomfort once the procedure is done and report feeling absolutely calm and comfortable.
How will I feel after the procedure?
Following their treatment, most patients feel tired and comfortable. Because sedation can interfere with driving abilities, after your treatment, you will need someone to drive you home. You should also prepare to take the day off from work so that you can rest and relax for the next few hours while the effects of sedation wear off. Most patients spend the majority of the day napping and relaxing.