What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is the use of a sedating medication during a dental procedure. The medication can be administered in many different ways. Most commonly, a pill or oral sedative such as Valium or Diazepam may be used for Dental Sedation. Oral Sedatives are more commonly used for cases of mild anxiety. Some oral sedatives can achieve moderate states of sedation, but the dosages are not consistent patient to patient and it can take a lot of time administering multiple doses attempting to reach the desired level of Dental Sedation. Sedation Dentistry can also be achieved with a gas such as Nitrous Oxide aka laughing gas. Nitrous Oxide is a very effective sedative in dentistry and is very useful for cases of mild to moderate anxiety. Nitrous Oxide also sets in very quickly and also wears off very quickly with no hang over effect for the patient. For cases of moderate to severe anxiety, difficulty getting numb and gagging, IV Sedation Dentistry is the most predictable choice for Sleep Dentistry. The desired level of sedation can be reached very quickly, safely and changes to the level of sedation can be adjusted very quickly as necessary. For treatment that is complex and takes a long time, dentistry that would normally take several visits can be accomplished comfortably while the anxious patient sleeps hence the term Sleep Dentistry. Patients who accept Sedation Dentistry with complex treatment plans can have several dental visits combined into one long appointment by a Sedation Dentist. In some cases 2-5 visits worth of dental treatment can be performed by a Sedation Dentist in on Sleep Dentistry visit. Patients who are busy can save lots of time, have a better experience and save lots of money. Often times, in complex cases the Sedation fees will be included in the case.