Did you know that sedation dentistry uses medications to allow treatments to be given safely and effectively? If a patient experiences deep levels of stress or anxiety, sedation can help them relax. Depending on the level of sedation used for a patient, dentists can alter the amount of consciousness they experience and if necessary, ensure they are completely unconscious for a treatment if required.
One common form of sedation used in dentistry is inhaled minimal sedation which involves gas breathed in by the patient. Often as a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, better known as laughing gas, inhaled sedation can relax a patient but the gas can wear off rather quickly.
Another common form of sedation is given orally via pills. The medication dosage can be manipulated to achieve the level of sedation required for a procedure, whether it be to induce a slight case of drowsiness or put the patient asleep entirely.
Sedation dentistry can also use medications and intravenous injections to sedate the patient. Intravenous injections tend to work very quickly to relax the patient. With general anesthesia, a patient can be put unconscious for the entirety of a treatment until the anesthesia wears off.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry or if you require an oral examination from our team at Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Mendro and our team at our office in Ocoee, Florida. To schedule a visit, please call us at 407-378-0877. Let us help you find your healthy smile.