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How Sedation Dentistry Works

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation and anesthesia are used in dentistry to make the patient feel comfortable and at ease and to enhance the safety and effectiveness of the dental procedure. Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to keep the patient relaxed. The patient remains awake except for those who are given general anesthesia.

 

Sedation is Divided Into Four Levels

  • Minimal sedation: You remain awake but relaxed
  • Moderate sedation: It gives you slurred speech and you will not remember much that goes on
  • Deep sedation: You are very close to losing your consciousness but still awake
  • General anesthesia: Totally unconscious

 

Some Of The Problems That Sedation Solves

  • Strain caused by opening the jaw for a prolonged period of time
  • Gag reflex caused by dental tools and other materials used in the procedure
  • Sitting or lying still as the procedure is being done. This could cause fatigue and headaches.
  • Sensation caused as the dental tools move the teeth and jaws
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How Sedation Dentistry Works
How Sedation Dentistry Works

Nitrous Oxide

One of the major sedations used in cosmetic dentistry Barrie is nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide offers a light sedation. It reduces the worries, discomfort and pain. It also acts as a weak general anesthesia that decreases sensitivity of the entire body. Since its effect is mild, a respirator is not required. The lung activity will perform optimally while you are in the euphoric state.

 

Nitrous oxide does not last in the body for long. Its effect is felt for about 15 minutes once you stop breathing in the gas. If the side effects persist, your Barrie dentist will give you some oxygen to breathe in. This will help in making you more alert and sober.

 

However, nitrous oxide is not for all dental patients. Those with allergies and some pre-existing health conditions are not fit for nitrous oxide sedation. Some patients also complain that using this sedation gives them discomfort and causes them to be more anxious. If you feel this way the first time, you should alert your dentist so that they can give you another alternative the next time you need relaxation.

 

Halcion

Halcion is an oral sedative that is similar to valium. Dentists use it to address insomnia. After taking the drug you will feel happier, more calm and a little strange. You will feel what is going on, but due to the effect of the drug you will not care about it. Halcion can reduce the trauma associated with the dentist’s office since you are less likely to remember what went on. The drug stays in your system for an average of eight hours. Therefore, if you have this sedation, have a family member drive you home after the procedure.

 

IV sedation

This is whereby you are given drugs through a vein and they work immediately. Use of IV sedation in aesthetic dentistry Barrie also allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation as the procedure goes on.

 

If the dental work seems traumatizing, the dentist Barrie will give you a sedative to ensure that everything flows smoothly.

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