Dentists must have special certification in order to provide sedation dentistry. It is best for people with real fear or anxiety that prevents them from going to the dentist. To reduce the amount of pain the patient feels, the dentist may use local anesthesia to numb the area. This can be effective, although some patients still feel some pressure, irritation, and even some pain after applying anesthesia.
In these cases, sedation dentistry may be helpful. Sedation dentistry is also sometimes referred to as conscious sedation. During this type of sedation, the patient is awake but relaxed and sleepy. After the procedure is over, they do not remember anything. This type of sedation is recommended for children with high dental anxiety, age factors, temperament, medical history, and amount of treatment needed. Once treatment is over and the effect of sedation wears off, the patient may need help to wake up.
Dental sedation is generally not recommended for pregnant people because some sedative medications can affect fetal development. Dental sedation is a temporary survival mechanism for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia to ensure that their dental health needs are met, but it is not a long-term solution or cure. For people who avoid dentists like the plague, dental sedation can alleviate some of their anxiety. Conscious sedation refers to sedation options that allow you to remain conscious and responsive throughout your treatment. Most people who receive intravenous sedation fall asleep and have little or no memory of the treatment when they wake up. Unless you choose nitrous oxide as your sedation option, you'll need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
Your dentist will review any prescriptions you have, along with your medical history, to prescribe the safest oral sedative for you. Sedated children always have a full range of emergency medications available, and both doctors and staff are well trained to use them. You will continue to receive local anesthesia to numb your teeth and gums, but the dentist will usually do this once you are comfortable with the sedatives. Your dentist monitors the amount of sedation you receive and adjusts the doses accordingly throughout the procedure. Your healthcare provider delivers sedative medications directly into the bloodstream through an IV. Sedation is especially useful for children who feel anxious or afraid of dentists or who have difficulty understanding or following the instructions of dental professionals.
If you experience any pain or discomfort after having a session of sedation dentistry, it is important to contact your dentist right away so they can assess your condition and provide appropriate treatment.