Sedation dentistry is necessary when patients experience dental anxiety, which inhibits them from receiving the dental care they need. Sedation dentistry can help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures, which can make it easier for them to receive the treatment they need.
There are many reasons a patient may fall asleep during a dental procedure. Some patients struggle with dental anxiety, while others have sensitive teeth, a low pain threshold, or a gag reflex. Some procedures, including wisdom teeth removal, oral surgery, and dental implant placement, can cause pain and anxiety for patients. For patients undergoing these procedures, sedation dentistry can make the process more comfortable.
What are the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?
Local anesthetics are the most common type of sedation dentistry. Local anesthetics block the pain signals, but they don’t put you to sleep. Typically, local anesthetics are sufficient enough to handle any anxiety or discomfort felt with routine dental procedures. Some patients may require additional sedation for a procedure, but local anesthetics are usually enough to handle routine dental work.
Nitrous oxide also called laughing gas, is a common sedation dentistry procedure. This sedative is inhaled through a mask. It is one of the most popular sedation dentistry techniques because it is fast and simple, and it wears off quickly.
Oral conscious sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a technique we use to help patients relax during dental procedures. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative pill about an hour prior to your dental procedure. The medication will make you drowsy but still conscious. You will likely have little to no memory of your dental procedure.
General anesthesia is a sedation dentistry procedure where patients are completely unconscious and unable to feel anything. General anesthesia can be used for a variety of treatments, including wisdom teeth extraction, dental implant placement, and more. It is perfect for people who are very anxious or nervous about their dental care procedure.
To know more, call us at (317) 552-2101 and schedule an appointment to visit our dental practice in Indianapolis, IN.