Types of Dental Sedation

September 26th, 2019

Types of Dental SedationSedation is not always necessary but sometimes the dentist has no choice as may be the case with patients who are extremely anxious. The dentist may administer a sedative to reduce stress levels and help the patient relax. The type of sedation used will depend on the level of anxiety.

–  Low Anxiety. One of the mildest forms of sedation is “laughing gas” or nitrous oxide. Although fully conscious during the procedure, the patient remains relaxed and feels no pain while the teeth and gums are being worked on.

–  Moderate Anxiety. Oral sedatives are taken prior to arrival at the dentist’s office and are strong enough to prevent a patient driving or operating machinery. Patients remain relaxed and drowsy while the sedative is active and may even forget some of the procedure.

–  Severe Anxiety. Patients with an extreme fear may require a general anaesthetic. The level of anaesthesia can be controlled from mild relaxation to complete unconsciousness.

A general anaesthetic is normally reserved for more intensive dental work and will only be administered if necessary or when previously discussed with a severely anxious patient. Find out more about dental sedation at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/which-type-of-dental-sedation-is-right-for-you/