Our woeful tales of tooth and gum notwithstanding, almost none of us would think twice before skipping our appointments with a dentist. Given the perennial nature of our dental issues, we try to avoid the additional ordeal which ensues once the doctor comes into action. However, few are aware of the panacea that medical science had proffered long before.
Dental Sedation. A subtle technique of safe sedation more or less decimates much of the pain that a patient has to bear with. Also known as “sleep dentistry,” it involves the use of medication to help patients relax, benefits of which nullify our apprehensions.
Multiple appointments for one single procedure is an archaic notion when one is acquainted with sedation dentistry.
It enables dentists to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. Patients are able to relax and remain comfortable and dentists can work for a longer amount of time without needing to schedule a second visit. Years of work is lowered down to just one visit without feeling unfathomable pain. At the same time, it prevents our pockets from thinning down too fast.
A solution for special needs
Sensory Processing Disorders or Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disorders that impair the nervous system have deterred individuals with processing disorders from going to the dentist, given that their experience is fraught with excruciating pain and true discomfort. However, with sedation dentistry at our disposal, dentists can smoothly clean the teeth or perform complete procedures on those suffering from these disorders.
The inhaled sedative passed through the Safe Sedate N20 nasal mask can help them keep calm and experience less discomfort
Relaxation and comfort
Anxiety and Nervousness while in the chair is not unfounded and it becomes hard for patients to control their nerve and rapid movements.
Dental sedation helps such patients relax and remain calm while the procedure is in progress making the visit to the dentist successful. This temporary amnesia effect helps patients continue their treatment. It is especially appealing to patients who have had a traumatic dental experience in the past and plan on abandoning oral health altogether.
Facilitates Multiple Procedures
A low dose of sedatives to keep the patients calm and relaxed for hours in the dental chair, despite that menacing cacophony of those tools and nauseating clinic odour.
This is especially helpful for time-consuming or multiple procedures.
Minimizes Gag Reflexes
Gag reflex caused due to nervousness hamper the process whereby the patient can start to choke or sputter.
Mild sedation techniques such as inhalation of Nitrogen oxide using Safe Sedate inhalation mask can help patients relax and avoid psychological pressure caused by being in the dental chair. This technique is called Inhaled sedation.
There are three other alternative procedure and choice as per our preference can be resorted to.
Oral Sedation in which patients take a pill one hour in advance of their appointment, thus it requires patients to prepare in advance. Medications usually prescribed for oral sedation include Valium® or Halcion®.
The dentist can recommend increasing or decreasing the dosage to manage the intensity of sedation effects. This process may be easy to administer.
Intravenous Sedation involves an injection of a sedative drug directly into a patient’s vein using intravenous sedation technique. This has an immediate effect on the patient’s consciousness, and the dentists can change the sedation level as per the need. General Anesthesia may also be preferred over other methods of sedation. During general anaesthesia, the patient goes into a deep sleep and is not able to feel or hear anything.
Such sedation procedures should be administered under observation of a qualified oral surgeon or an anesthesiologist and may be performed in a hospital setting. However, caution demands those with the history of cardiac disease, diabetes and some respiratory diseases to consult beforehand with your dentist, since sedation in such cases is less permissible.
The ease and accommodative character of dental sedation cannot be emphasized more, given the numerous benefits it has for patients and orthodontics at large.
Dentists have consequently begun its prolific use to retain the patients and encourage them to continue their treatment without any hiatus.