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Get relief from pain with Sedation Dentistry!

Sedation Dentistry mainly aims at helping patients to ease out during the dental procedures. It may be sometimes termed as “sleep dentistry," even though it's not entirely correct. Patients are basically awake except those who are under anesthesia. 


Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

The following are the types of sedation that are used in dentistry:

  • Inhaled minimal sedation: You inhale nitrous oxide - generally known as "laughing gas". It is mixed with oxygen through a mask that has been positioned over your nose. This gas aids you to relax. This is the only method of sedation through which you may be able to ride yourself home after the proceeding.

  • Oral sedation: Based on the present dosage given to the patient, oral sedation can vary from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, a pill (usually named Halcion) is being provided to you normally about an hour before the process. The function of the pill is to make you feel drowsy, though you will be awake. A larger dose is given to generate moderate sedation. This is the kind of anesthesia majorly related with Sedation Dentistry. In this technique patients feel dizzy enough to really fall asleep during the process. Even though they are asleep, can be awakened with a mild shake.

  • IV moderate sedation: In this process you are generally provided with a sedative drug through a vein, which aims to work more quickly. This method enables the dentist to adjust the level of sedation.

  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia: In this case, you will receive medicines that will make you nearly unconscious or completely unconscious. While you are undergoing anesthesia, you cannot awaken easily until the effects of the anesthesia disappear.


Benefits of Sedation

Usually, people fear to visit dentists, just because of the pain they have to undergo during some dental procedures! Thankfully, the dentists at J. Han Dental Design in Midlothian, VA now have effective plans, painless dentistry, through the process of sedation, where we care for your comfort first. The merits of sedation dentistry are enabling even the most uncomfortable patient to subdue their fear and anxiety. Depending on the levels of sedation, their benefits are:

  • Anxiety Relief
    One of the great aspects of Sedation Dentistry is the relief of anxiety for some of our nervous patients.

  • Anterograde Amnesia
    While in many conditions amnesia may not be the most desirable outcome, but usually in sedation dentistry it is very advisable.

  • Reduction in Gag Reflex
    A gag reflex is a good thing. The throat needs to be able to drive out any intrusive, foreign object. 

  • Pain Relief
    It is evident that the majority of people have fears regarding the dentist. No one likes to have tooth or gum pain. Through sedation dentistry, the pain is completely removed.

  • The Dentist Can Work Faster
    If a patient is under the authority of influencing sedatives or anesthetics, he or she won't be screaming in pain while the dentist is trying to work. 

How safe is it?

However, few people, those who are obese or who have obstructive sleep apnea, should discuss with their dentists before having sedation.