What is Sedation Dentistry?

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is becoming a common solution to dealing with anxiety when in the dentist’s chair. Fear of going to the dentist can lead to procrastination, resulting in your dental check-ups becoming irregular or non-existent. Thankfully, sedation dentistry has come a long way over the years and the technological advancements mean sedation dentistry is both gentle and effective for a variety of procedures.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

It’s a common misconception that sedation dentistry is a process in which you are put to sleep during a dental procedure. That’s not often the case and most of the medications used by a dentist keep you completely awake, yet incredibly calm and relaxed. General anaesthesia – where you may be asleep for dental surgery – is uncommon but may be used in some cases.

What Types of Sedation Dentistry Are Available?

In summary, the types of sedation dentistry are:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous Oxide is more commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ and it is mixed with oxygen and administered through a gas mask. The gas makes you feel relaxed, but fully aware of your surroundings and it is controlled by the dentist. It wears off pretty quickly making it popular for shorter procedures.
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is when medication is given orally that will make you feel drowsy but most people stay awake. You may fall asleep during the procedure or be so relaxed you can’t remember it at all. The sedation ranges from mild to moderate to suit your needs.
  • IV sedation: While not as common, IV sedation can sometimes be used for dental surgeries that are long and complicated. The injection goes straight into your bloodstream causing instant relaxation. It’s not recommended for patients who are anxious around needles.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

The benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • You are completely relaxed: If you’re completely relaxed, you are more likely to go back to the dentist for check-ups, thereby leading to better oral health.
  • Control of gag reflex: When you’re completely relaxed you’re less likely to gag or move during a procedure, thus it more comfortable for you and the dentist performing the procedure.
Titirangi Understands Your Dental Anxiety

At  Titirangi Dental we deliver excellent options for your oral care and we do so in a way that puts your mind at ease. Our attentive and educated team are here to make sure you are receiving the best care possible for your teeth.

We offer a range of sedation options and understand that a dental procedure can feel invasive and cause anxiety for some. For all your sedation dentistry needs, contact Titirangi Dental. Come and see us in West Auckland or make an appointment over the phone today.

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