Sedation dentistry helps patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. With the exception of those who are under general anesthesia,patients are usually awake.
The levels of sedation:
- Minimal sedation — awake but relaxed.
- Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) — may slur words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
- Deep sedation — on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
- General anesthesia — completely unconscious.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for surgical procedures or time consuming treatments. In addition to turning multiple appointments into a single visit, this treatment is reduces pain, anxiety, and discomfort.
Keep in mind that for any type of sedation you will need a friend to pick you up after the procedure.
This option is right for anyone who wants a comfortable and relaxing experience. It is especially useful for those who:
- Delay or avoid dental treatment because of fear.
- Had a bad experience at the dentist in the past.
- Can’t get comfortable during a dental procedure.
- Need surgical procedures done
- Need extensive restorative dentistry
- Can’t sit still for certain lengths of time.
- Feel that sedation would help you and allow you to get work done which otherwise you wouldn’t be able to tolerate
- You have other mental health problems and you feel you’d benefit from sedation
- Your primary aim is to get your teeth fixed as quickly as possible, for example because you’re very busy or you’ve got an important social event coming up
- It’s an invasive or unpleasant procedure such as more complex extractions.