At Fort Worth Oral Surgery, our team of skilled professionals is well-versed in all things dental, including sedation dentistry. We understand that the prospect of oral surgery can be nerve-wracking for many. That’s why we are committed to putting our patients at ease by ensuring they are well-informed about the process, particularly the various sedation options available. This article seeks to illuminate the basics of sedation dentistry and the different types available to those considering oral surgery.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is sometimes humorously referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’, although this isn’t entirely accurate because aside from general anesthesia, patients are usually awake during the process. Sedation is usually employed during lengthy procedures to ensure the comfort of the patient and the smooth execution of the surgery.
Levels of Dental Sedation
Various levels of sedation could be employed in oral procedures, depending on the comfort and awareness level required:
- Minimal sedation: The patient is relaxed but fully awake.
- Moderate sedation (conscious sedation): The patient is awake but don’t remember much about the procedure.
- Deep sedation: The patient is partially awake but on the edge of consciousness.
- General anesthesia: The patient is entirely unconscious.
Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry
With an understanding of sedation levels, let’s delve into the different types of sedation used in dentistry:
Also referred to as Nitrous Oxide or ‘laughing gas,’ this type of sedation leaves you relaxed but awake. The gas wears off quickly, and in most cases, patients can drive themselves home after a procedure involving inhalation sedation.
Oral sedation involves taking a pill. Typically, the pill is taken about an hour before the procedure. Depending on the dosage, it can produce minimal to moderate levels of sedation.
Intravenous (IV) Moderate Sedation
IV moderate sedation involves administering sedative drugs through a vein, which consequently allows it to work more quickly. This method gives the professional the opportunity to continually adjust the level of sedation as necessary.
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
You will receive medication that will either make you almost unconscious or entirely unconscious (in a deep sleep) during the procedure. While under general anesthesia, you cannot be easily awakened until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off or been reversed with medication.
Choosing the Right Sedation Option
When contemplating oral surgery, it’s vital to engage in a detailed discussion with your oral surgeon about the most suitable sedation option. At Fort Worth Oral Surgery, we consider several factors before recommending an option:
- The type and length of the surgical procedure
- The patient’s level of anxiety
- The patient’s physical health
- The patient’s preference
Before administering any sedative, we conduct a careful patient evaluation to examine their medical history and current physical and mental health.
Undergoing oral surgery can undoubtedly seem daunting; however, sedation dentistry makes the process more manageable and less stressful. It’s critical to remember that the type of sedation you choose should be an informed decision made in conjunction with professional advice. At Fort Worth Oral Surgery, patient care and comfort are paramount, and we strive to provide a patient experience that is smooth, comfortable, and well-informed. To discuss your sedation dentistry options further, feel free to reach out to us and schedule your consultation.
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