Questions About Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is an important aspect of any dental procedure, as it ensures that patients are comfortable and pain-free throughout their appointment. At Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology, we use cutting-edge technology, techniques, and materials to achieve safe, effective sedation for patients who require it. Our technology and attention to detail ensure that our patients are receiving comfortable treatment, and that any potential pain they may be experiencing from the procedure is alleviated. Here are some commonly asked questions about sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
For many dental procedures, patients often experience discomfort which may make them reluctant to visit the dentist at all. That’s why we offer sedation, which is designed to ensure our patients’ safety and wellbeing, as well as their comfort. All sedation is administered by a licensed anesthesiologist, and with state-of-the-art safety and monitoring equipment.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who are apprehensive about visiting the dentist, have sensitive teeth or gums, or have a complex dental issue requiring more invasive procedures and a longer visit. While it is more commonly used by patients requiring lengthier treatments, sedation is available to any patient who feels it could make their visit more comfortable.
Are there different types of sedation?
Yes. There are several sedation dentistry options that range from oral sedation to full anesthesia. The most minimal form of sedation is known as “laughing gas”, or nitrous oxide. The patient breathes the laughing gas through a mask placed over their nose.
Sedation can also be administered orally, usually through a pill called Triazolam (or something similar). Like Valium, it is prescribed to thousands of patients a year as a safe and reliable sleeping aid. There has never been an emergency or death associated with use of Triazolam for dental patients. If oral sedation proves insufficient, intravenous sedation is another option. With intravenous sedation, a sedative medication is administered through a needle or catheter placed in a vein.
The most powerful option, which is only used for more lengthy, involved procedures, is general anesthesia. This requires an anesthesiologist to be present in order to monitor heart rate and life support functions. The benefit of general anesthesia, however, is that the patient is completely asleep throughout the entire procedure.
How long does it last?
All oral sedation medications act quickly. It may take a few hours for the medication to fully wear off once the procedure is finished, so it is recommended that you have a friend or family member available to drive you from the dentist office.
Will I be aware of my surroundings?
This varies depending on the type and degree of sedation, but usually you will be generally aware of your surroundings. You should be relaxed and vaguely aware of the procedure, and feel numb to any pain or discomfort. Our dentists and their team make it their priority to ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed throughout the entirety of the procedure.
To learn more about the types of sedation dentistry we offer, or to book and appointment, contact us today.