Sedation Dentistry: For Patients Who Cannot Bear the Thought of Being in a Dentist’s Chair

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So many individuals choose to skip their dental appointment for two major reasons: pain and discomfort. Thus, despite all efforts to increase patient comfort, dental treatment is one necessary health care that many rather avoid.

Well, there is great news for all those who need to undergo dental treatment but are quite afraid to do so: Painless Dentistry through the Sedation.

An absolutely safe procedure, sedation dentistry is a kind of dental treatment where a patient is calmed through the use of mild forms of sedation before performing a dental procedure.  To help relieve patient anxiety, the area that needs to be treated it numbed so that the patient will not feel the dental treatment. The procedure would have been completed by the time the sedation wears off. There are three types of sedation:

  • Oral Sedation – typically given orally to be swallowed or can be dissolved underneath the tongue. Medication can be taken before the procedure and patient will still be able to communicate with our dental team during the treatment.
  • Inhalation Conscious Sedation – nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, that is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose and can be used alone or with an anti-anxiety medication that is taken orally. You will not fall asleep after being sedated, but will be relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
  • IV Conscious Sedation – sedative is delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (through the vein). The level of sedation can be controlled and adjusted more quickly and easily.

Of the three, oral sedation is the most popular. However, IV sedation has the most immediate effect on the body.

Sedation dentistry has actually been practiced by dentists for many years; new techniques, however, has expanded its application, allowing it to be used even for simple treatments, like teeth cleaning. The calming and numbing effects of sedation have also proven an effective antidote even for people who cannot bear the thought of being in a dentist’s chair.


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