Sedation “Sleep Dentistry”: How Does it work and is it safe?

Sedation “Sleep Dentistry”: How Does it work and is it safe?

Does your entire body tense with fear when you think of going to the dentist? Would you prefer enduring the agony of a toothache than visiting a dentist?

Well, don’t fret as you are not alone. A lot of people are so fearful about dental procedures that they prefer not visiting the dentist at all!!

Sleep dentistry is the perfect solution for your anxiety as it can be administered for everything from complex invasive procedures to a routine dental cleaning.

What Is Sedation/Sleep Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry administers medication or sedatives to help patients relax during dental treatments and procedures. It is also know as conscious sedation as you are in a state of deep sleep during your appointment.

An experienced Narrabeen dentist offers sedation in a friendly and safe environment.

Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

Following types of sedation are administered in dentistry:

Sedation Through Inhalation using “’Gas”

You breathe a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen through a mask placed over your nose. The gas gets you relaxed. The amount of sedation you are given is controlled by your dentist.

This tends to wear off quickly. You may even drive yourself back home after the procedure.

Oral Sedation

Depending on the total dose administered, oral sedation can be minimal or moderate, depending on the dosage.

Typically, sleeping tablets are administered an hour before your procedure. You will feel very drowsy and it takes the edge off your nerves and often most people fall asleep during the procedure although you can be awakened with a gentle shake.

IV Moderate Sedation

You will receive the drug through your vein, so the sedation works faster. This is administered by a trained sedationist who ensures that patients are safely induced. The sedationist also monitors that the patient is safe during the procedure and after the procedure.

Who Are Eligible To Receive Sedation Dentistry?

People with real fear or anxiety, stopping them from visiting a dentist, are good candidates to receiving sedation.

Sedation can also be a great option for people:

  • with low pain threshold
  • unable to sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • with extremely sensitive teeth
  • with a bad gag reflex
  • who require extensive dental work to be done in a single visit

Children can also be given sedation. Typically, nitrous oxide is safe for children, and dentists can administer it.

Sedation is very safe but as with any medical procedure it has risks. The risks can be mitigated by a detailed medical history and consultation before sedation is performed.

Visit only an experienced and qualified Narrabeen dentist for your dental procedure to ensure the best result and maximum safety.