Sedation dentistry, also known as, sleep dentistry, is when medication is given to a patient before a dental procedure is performed in order to relax them.
There are 4 Levels Of Sedation:
Minimal Sedation:The patient is conscious during the treatment being able to respond to stimulation and verbally responsive that produces a minimally depressed level of consciousness. Usually this method of sedation is produced through the intake of a pharmacological drug.
Moderate Sedation: Similar to minimal sedation, with moderate sedation the patient is sedated with medicine, be able to respond verbally and respond to stimulation. The only difference is that the patient will not remember the procedure.
Deep Sedation: Also known as analgesia, with this type of sedation the patient is put into a drug-induced level of consciousness that depresses the effects of the treatment. The patient is not able to respond easily through verbal responses and stimulation. This type of sedation also impairs the ability for the patient to maintain proper ventilatory functions.
General Anesthesia: This involves a loss of consciousness that affects the whole body. Generally, this type of anesthesia is used in wisdom teeth extraction and other dentistry procedures.
The Different Types of Sedation Dentistry We Offer:
Inhaled Minimal Sedation ("laughing gas"):
Known as nitrous oxide, this type of sedation dentistry is used in dental offices as a form of relaxation for the patient due to the combination of a sedative and an anti-anxiety agent. This type of treatment can be beneficial for adults and children that suffer dental anxiety, fear, children that are non-cooperative with the dentist, alternative to anesthesia for certain dental procedures and more.
Oral Sedation: Used as a conscious level of sedation administered to the patient that can be from minimal sedation to moderate sedation.
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