Dental sedation is when your dentist prescribes medication to lower your awareness during dental treatment.
It’s not a “routine” treatment, but it is gaining in popularity because of how it’s revolutionized dental care for so many. It’s quite normal for experienced dentists to offer this service.
What Sedation Dentistry Is NOT
Most cases of being sedated don’t involve “passing out.”
General anesthesia is provided in oral surgery facilities for cases where someone has to be “completely under” for a major operation.
But the dental sedation you hear about in regular practices is different.
There’s no need for intubation. The sedative is light enough that you stay alert, only your consciousness is mildly dulled. Sedation also works as a sort of amnesiac – it helps you forget any anxiety or distressing sensations.
How Sedation Can Help Certain People
Sedation dentistry may be given via IV, an oral medication, or an inhaled gas (laughing gas).
Most of the time, sedatives aren’t prescribed for routine dental cleanings, checkups, or x-rays. But that all depends on the patient.
Sedation dentistry works well for:
The bottom line is that dental sedation may be recommended in any case where someone’s condition prevents them from getting the treatment they need.
If you’d like to learn more about how your or a loved one can safely benefit from dental sedation, contact your local dental office.
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