What to expect from your dentist during Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness.
Most dental cases can be done under local anesthesia alone or sometimes in conjunction with an oral sedative and nitrous oxide sedation. However, certain complex cases, anxious and special needs patients, and children may require a more controlled and deeper level of anesthesia. The degree of anesthesia in such cases can vary between moderate-deep sedation and general anesthesia.
In order to put someone to sleep an intravenous needs to be started. Children receive an injection or drink to sedate tem then they receive a gas/vapor and once they are asleep the intravenous is started. Adults who can tolerate intravenous placement do not receive an injection, pill or mask. Waking up following this type of start to anesthesia is quick and you feel rather awake. If the adult patient requires a pill to reduce anxiety prior to the placement of the intravenous catheter, the recovery will be prolong
The use of anesthesia is safe and effective when properly administered by trained and certified dental surgeons.
- Do you feel nervous about visiting the dentist?
- Do you avoid visiting the dentist because of fear?
- Do get physically uncomfortable during long dental procedures?
- Does traditional anesthesia not work for you?
- Do you need a lot of dental work completed in as little time as possible?
If you choose oral conscious sedation, please schedule a friend to drive you to and from our office. You’ll take a sedative before your visit, then, once you arrive, we’ll escort you to a treatment room and make you comfortable.
After your appointment, you’ll need to rest at home for the day. Return to normal activities the following day.
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What to Expect during sedation dentistry procedure
- It is important to not eat or drink from midnight the night before the scheduled appointment or at least eight hours prior.
- If you are taking medication, you might need to continue taking some while refraining from taking the others. Follow the instructions of your anesthesiologist and managing physician.
- Refrain from smoking at least one day prior to the procedure. If you use a nicotine patch, please stop using it at least 24 hours prior to the anesthesia.
- Have family member or trusted friend to escort you and be responsible to drive you back home after the procedure.
- Do not plan anything for the remainder of the day.