Sleep Through Your Next Appointment

Sedation dentistry is also called relaxation dentistry. This refers to the way dentists manage pain and anxiety during dental appointments. Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy, and calm state through the use of sedatives. Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety free experience for people receiving dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is often used during procedures that require an extensive amount of time, and sedation is ideal for patients who exhibit dental phobia. During sedation, the patient is still conscious and able to breathe on his own. There is no general anesthesia involved. Major benefits of this is that people often feel their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when it might have taken hours to perform. Sedation drugs can be administered by a variety of ways. The three primary ways are:

  • IV Sedation – This is also called deep conscious sedation. Medications are administered directly into the blood stream. This type of sedation is least used in the dental office due to the specialty certifications and trainings that are required. However, this method is an effective method to use.
  • Enteral Conscious Sedation – This is administered by taking a pill. This is often called sedation dentistry. A person is able to breathe on his own, and the patient may fall asleep. Some amnesia is fairly common.
  • Inhalation Conscious Sedation – This is also known as laughing gas. This is the most frequently used sedation method. There are no changes in bodily functions and patients are still able to breathe on their own. The patient often falls asleep and some degree of amnesia occurs regarding what occurred during the dental appointment.

There are different degrees of dental sedation. The sedation dentistry method performed by the dentist depends upon the procedure and the degree of dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is a very effective method to use particularly amongst people who have dental phobia’s that prevent them from receiving adequate dental care.