Sedation dentistry enables anxious patients to receive treatment. By providing an anxiety free environment and experience, phobic patient can receive dental care without the perceived apprehensive side effects.
Sedation is a procedure used to create a relaxed, easy and calm state by using sedatives. These drugs can be delivered by different routes (oral, IV, etc) and range from nitrous oxide which cause mild sedation to other medication that can create deep sedation.
The medical dictionary defines minimum conscious sedation as “a minimally depressed level of consciousness induced by the administration of pharmacologic agents in which a patient retains the ability to independently and continuously maintain an open airway and a regular breathing pattern, and to respond appropriately and rationally to physical stimulation and verbal commands. Conscious sedation may be induced by parenteral or oral medications or combination thereof requires no needles.
Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment. In reality, oral sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation.
In addition to sedation, the patient also receives anesthetic injections. Although some forms of sedation (such as nitrous oxide gas) may raise your threshold for pain, most dental treatments still require the injection of a local anesthetic in the mouth.
One of the best benefits of sedation dentistry is that patient rarely remember the length of their dental visit. This makes it easy for the patient to receive extended and complex treatment in fewer appointments. Sedation dentistry makes patients feel comfortable during the treatment process.
If a patient is receiving sedation to facilitate any treatment, it is imperative that a responsible caregiver accompany and drive said patient to the dental office. The caregiver should drive the patient home after the procedure is completed and keep him company for an additional two to four hours at home depending on the sedative used.