Sedation Dentistry

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What is Sedation Dentistry? The Procedure (note – these two have been combined based on the similarity of information available on the two topics).

In Sedation Dentistry, the patient is sedated in one form or another, whether it be conscious, partially conscious or unconscious sedation. Dental sedation in Alpharetta is a good option for those with extremely low pain tolerance or those with dental anxiety regarding dental procedures in general. Because your dentist is working with delicate tissues and structures inside your mouth, if your dental anxiety renders you unable to keep still with your mouth open, then sedation dentistry may be the right option for  you.

The most common form of sedation is through the application of nitrous oxide, “Laughing Gas,” which calms the patient and, in most cases, is  more than sufficient to pull them through the procedure with minimal discomfort and anxiety. With this form of sedation dentistry, your dentist will place a small mask over your nose and mouth, allowing you to inhale the nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.” This gas will help you to relax and get through the procedure without fear or discomfort.

With more nervous patients, more advanced methods may be used to calm their nerves as well as kill the pain of some procedures. These methods generally require a licensed anesthesiologist and. The two most common forms of sedation required in these situations are Oral Sedation and IV Sedation.

With Oral Sedation, pills are given to the patient which may include codeine and valium. This form of sedation can sometimes also be known as Conscious Sedation and may be used in situations such as wisdom tooth extraction, in which the dentist needs the patient to be communicative. Although you will be technically conscious and able to communicate under conscious sedation, most patients remember little or nothing of the procedure itself once the sedation wears off.

IV Sedation, the deepest form of sedation, is also known as general anesthesia. This form of sedation requires an attending anesthesiologist to monitor the patient throughout the procedure. This type of sedation is particularly good for patients with strong gag reflexes and for those wanting to have multi-visit procedures done in the same visit such as multiple wisdom tooth extractions and root canals. IV Sedation is a special case and does does carry a bit more planning on the patient’s part. The patient will be groggy after the procedure and as such,will need a friend or family member to drive them home as well as monitor them for the next few hours.