Sedation dentistry helps to calm down the patient who is undergoing lengthy treatment. It is beneficial for people with dental anxiety and keeps them comfortable during dental procedures. It often doesn’t make the person lose consciousness, but creates a state of short-term forgetfulness.
Different Levels of Sedation
The dentist will recommend the type of sedation that works well for you. The following are the four different levels of sedation available:
- Minimal Sedation
This is normally administered by inhaling nitrous oxide through a mask or nosepiece. The patient is more conscious but feels relaxed and comfortable.
- Moderate Sedation
“Conscious” or moderate sedation is the next level of sedation where the patient is still conscious. Though the patient would be able to communicate with the dentist, they might feel groggy or fall asleep.
- Deep Sedation
The patient would be on the edge of consciousness throughout the procedure. This is best for patients with severe dental anxiety as most people fall asleep. The dentist can adjust the dosage at any point of time during the treatment.
- General Anesthesia
The patient is completely sedated and unconscious till the completion of the treatment. This type of sedation might be needed while treating young children or those patients with special needs. This is the deepest form of sedation and in most cases, it is administered by an anesthesiologist.
Is It Safe to Use?
Dental sedation is the key to making dental treatments easier when the patient is afraid of going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry is quite safe for most people when administered by an experienced dentist.
The level of risk involved can be higher or lower depending on the type of sedation used. Sedation dentistry is perfectly a safe option when you’re pregnant and in need of a complex dental procedure. It is, however, better to opt for lighter sedation in the latter stages of your pregnancy.
The dentist would recommend a lower level of sedation for elderly people in most circumstances. Obese patients and those with sleep apnea are given lower levels of sedation to manage the risks involved.
Before recommending sedation dentistry, the dentist will review your medical history and would recommend the most appropriate level of sedation if you have certain pre-existing conditions. The dentist can adjust the level of sedation as needed.
Schedule an appointment with Most Dental if you are considering sedation dentistry. Visit us at 6392 W Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Contact us at (702) 871-0304 or visit our website to book an appointment.