Sedation dentistry helps one to snooze virtually during the visits to the dental clinic. It helps to go through the entire dental procedure comfortably and safely.
WHO ARE THE BEST CANDIDATES OF SEDATION DENTISTRY?
People who gag
Have problem in getting numb
have fear of the dental treatment
who have sensitive teeth
who have experienced a traumatic dental procedure
Who hate shots and needle
Who do not like the smell, noise and taste of the dental treatment
DOES ONE EXPERIENCE ANY PAIN?
People feel very comfortable and no pain, while the dental treatment is going on and feel even better after the treatment, is over.
WHAT TYPE OF SEDATION IS USED?
General anaesthesia is one type of sedation which everyone thinks off, but this requires a machine for breathing. For oral surgeries, IV sedation is used. The most convenient, safe and comfortable is oral sedation. In this, a pill is given to the patient a few hours prior to the visit to the dental clinic.
WHAT ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SEDATION?
Mild Sedation in which one is conscious and responds to verbal command. Heart functioning and breathing are normal and unaffected. Coordination and cognitive functions can be impaired.
Moderate Sedation in which there is a depression of consciousness and the patient is forced to respond to the command. Breathing and functioning of the heart is not affected.
Deep Sedation in which patient cannot be easily aroused and there is the depression of consciousness. The patient responds purposefully. Breathing may be impaired, and heart functions normally. General Anesthesia in which there is a complete loss of consciousness and the patient cannot be aroused. Breathing is impaired and there is the need for a ventilator. Heart functioning can be impaired.
The dentists give a blue colour pill called Triazolam which belongs to the family of Valium. The half pill is used within 2 hours; hence this medicine has got a short duration. It is very safe and there is no case of an emergency.
Oral sedation has been used for more than 30 years. It is very safe and comfortable. Firstly the dentist checks individualsâ€™ medical past and then he makes the patient understand how sedation will work so that the patient feels comfortable. During the treatment the patientâ€™s oxygen saturation, blood pressure and heart rate are monitored continuously. Dentists also have a reversal agent that ends the effect of sedation within 30 seconds.
Side effects such as hiccups and dryness of the mouth can be felt after the treatment is over. But if one does not experience such side effects, he will be completely unaware of sedation. Sedation is very beneficial for people who face problem in getting numb.