Sedation is an excellent option for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from getting their dental treatment done.
Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:
- Can't tolerate pain well or have a low pain threshold
- Can't sit still in the dentist's chair.
- Have very severe teeth sensitivity
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need a large amount of dental work completed in a shorter period of time
Types of Sedation:
Silicon valley dental center uses two types of sedation depending on the severity of the patient's case.
1. Oral Conscious sedation.
2. Intravenous (IV) sedation
The oral conscious sedation is the entry-level and we recommend it for patients who are slightly nervous as it takes the edge of fear away. The patient takes pills at our office and will be closely monitored. The pills are given an hour before surgery. Some patients sleep and others may feel euphoric and very relaxed. Oral sedation is usually recommended for small and fast procedures.
Intravenous (IV) Administration is more involved as vein access is required to administrate the sedation agents. IV sedation is the most effective and predictable way of safe sedation with minimal or almost no side effects. IV sedation is recommended to patients with moderate to severe anxiety and it is fast as sedative agents when injected directly into the circulatory system can reach the brain within 20-25 seconds. The rapid onset of action of CNS-depressant drugs allows the surgeon/dentist to easily titrate to the desired level of sedation. Drug effects can be rapidly enhanced or reversed. The IV line offers a readily available route for the administration of emergency drugs if needed. This is one of the most important safety features of IV drug administration. In terms of recovery, it is more rapid than other routes with the exception of Laughing Gas
What also makes IV sedation favorable is that nausea and vomiting are uncommon.