Sedation dentistry has many advantages for patients who have dental anxiety that may be a barrier to getting the care that they need. One of these advantages is that the medications used in sedation dentistry have an amnestic effect. That is, patients have no recollection of procedures performed while they are under sedation. Therefore, they don’t gain more negative memories to reinforce their fear.
Patients have a number of different options for sedation dentistry, so you should discuss the possibilities with your dentist to help you decide which method is best for you. With oral sedation, the patient takes a pill in advance of the appointment. Nitrous oxide is also used as a sedative, with the patient inhaling this gas at the office. A patient may also opt for intravenous sedation, in which the medications are delivered directly into the bloodstream.
There are different considerations for the different delivery methods, so you should weigh all of these factors when choosing the type of sedation.
Interestingly, although patients feel like they’re asleep during the appointment, they actually remain conscious while under sedation. This is a safer option than general anesthesia because the airway remains open. The patient can also continue to respond to commands from the dentist.
As an additional measure to ensure your safety, your dentist will monitor your vital signs while you are under sedation.
Fearful patients aren’t the only ones who can benefit from sedation, either. In addition to interfering with the formation of memories, the sedatives affect a patient’s sense of time. So, for patients in need of complex treatments that might need to take place over several appointments. Sedation can compress that treatment timeline because the patient is able to tolerate longer treatment sessions.
If you choose sedation dentistry, not only will you be deeply relaxed throughout your appointment, but you won’t remember anything from your treatment. To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, call our office at Hulen Crossing Family Dentistry and speak to one of our staff members.