Sedation Dentistry Types

Types of Sedation

Sedation is a procedure where medication is given to help patients feel calm and relax during dental procedures. However, before administering any sedative, an analysis of the patient’s full medical history is to be undertaken first by the attending dentist, taking note of the current medications taken.  This is to know exactly the level of sedation that will be given to the patient whether it is mild, moderate or deep.

Sedation is the best way to stay comfortable through your whole dental appointment. Depending on your dental needs and the level of sedation required, the following sedation methods will be used by your dentist:

  1. Inhaled Minimal Sedation

This is the type where a gas known as Nitrous Oxide, also called “laughing gas”, odorless and colorless, is combined with oxygen through a mask and placed over your nose.  Your dentist controls the amount of sedation you receive during the procedure. This type of sedation is popular and found to be acceptable to everyone because it is light, effective, safe and wears off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

  1. Oral Conscious Sedation

This is the most popular type among patients because only a pill or two is required to take before the procedure begins. This is the most excellent choice for people who fear needles. Because of this easy way, without pain, anxiety is not felt by patients. Oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. The effect of this sedative is dullness of the senses of the patients. Though they are wide awake as the drug does not cause them to sleep, they cannot feel any pain, smell as well as hear noises along with the ongoing activity. After the procedure, the patients remain drowsy so they are required to stay for a while until an assessment of their condition has been undertaken by the dentist for their release.

  1. IV Moderate Sedation

This type of sedation is via direct injection of the drug into the bloodstream resulting in its immediate effect.  This is a moderate type of sedation where patients experienced deep sleep during the entire procedure.  Since the effect of sleepiness is sometimes felt even after the procedure, a driver should be designated to drive the patient home.

  1. Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia

The effect of this medication is either almost unconsciousness or in deep sleep during the procedure. While the patients are under general anesthesia, they cannot easily be awakened until the effect of the drug wears off or are reversed with the medication.

Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort, the patients typically need a local anesthetic. This is a numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth.

Del Mar Highlands Dentistry is attuned to all these types of sedation. For the assurance of your safety and needs, Del Mar Highlands Dentistry is the best that you can have.

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