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The Answers to Your Questions on Sedation Dentistry

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The Answers to Your Questions on Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a lifesaver for many people. But few understand how it works. Most dentists use sedation to keep their patients comfortable during procedures such as root canals, filling, and tooth extraction. Even without extreme anxiety, sedation can be suitable for you. In this article, Vita Dental Springs will answer some of your questions regarding sedation dentistry.

What Is the Difference Between a Sedation Dentist and A Regular Dentist?

The only difference between a sedation dentist, and what you consider a “regular dentist” is an additional field of specialization. Sedation dentists take a course in sedation as it applies to dental procedures. This means that the former can still conduct normal procedures, but is trained to sedate patients, especially during extensive oral procedures that would be uncomfortable without sedation. 

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Sedation can be conducted in three ways: nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral sedation. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is not as popular as it was back in the day. It sedates a patient through inhalation of a gas from a mask placed over the nose and mouth. Oral sedation is more reliable, and in this type, the patient takes a pill that sedates them. The dosage varies in different patients. IV sedation is also used in instances where oral sedation cannot be applied. In this type, sedatives are introduced directly to the bloodstream.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe for everyone. As long as you are with a trained dentist from Vita Dental Springs, anesthesiologist, or any other trained oral professional, then you have nothing to worry about. Necessary tests will be conducted to ensure that you do not have a negative reaction to the sedative used. Due to the drowsy effects of sedation, Vita Dental encourages you to have someone pick you up after a procedure since driving alone is dangerous.

What Treatments Can Sedation Dentistry Be Used for?

Sedation is available for different dental procedures, ranging from cleaning, to filling, and to more complex procedures such as tooth implants. This is because sedation is suitable for patients who are anxious or experience dental phobia, people with special needs, and people who cannot sit for long periods of time.

What Are the Different Levels of Sedation?

Mild Sedation: This is a drug-induced state, mainly achieved through oral sedation. In this state, patients are responsive to verbal commands, with the rest of the bodily functions such as breathing and heart functions going on as usual. However, cognitive functions are usually impaired.

Moderate Sedation: In this state, patients also respond to verbal commands, and heart and breathing functions go on as usual. The sedation is slightly heavier than that in mild sedation.

Deep Sedation: This type of sedation is provided through an IV. In this state, patients are not easily aroused, but respond after repeated verbal stimulations. The ability to breathe independently is usually impaired, and therefore, there is assistance to keep the airway open. Heart function is maintained.

General Anesthesia: This is a drug-induced state where patients cannot be aroused, and assistance for breathing and heart functions is required. This type of sedation is popular in a hospital setting.

Is Sedation Suitable for My Children?

Yes. Sedation is highly recommended for children with the approval of a parent/guardian. Many children are afraid of dentists, and also unwilling to cooperate during procedures. Other children have a condition that necessitates sedation such as Down Syndrome or Autism. Through sedation, the following is achieved:

  • Minimal pain, and discomfort to the child
  • Controlled anxiety minimal psychological trauma
  • Minimal movement for successful dental procedures

Does My Insurance Cover Sedation?

This largely depends on your health or dental insurance plan. If unsure, contact your cover, and find out if it is covered, partially covered, and if not, arrange for different modes of payment. Vita Dental Springs will also ensure that any necessary insurance paperwork is filed before a procedure to avoid chaos during payments.

Is Sedation Suitable for Me?

Vita Dental advises you to consider sedation dentistry if a procedure would be too uncomfortable without sedation, if you are extremely anxious, and if the procedure will take a long time. If you are extremely afraid of dentists, then sedation dentistry is a miracle for you. You can undergo any procedure, and have little, to no memory about it. The good news is that you are also allowed to determine the kind of sedation you want, for the most comfortable dental experiences, and for the least psychological trauma.

Where Should I Go for Sedation Dentistry?

If you are considering getting sedated for your next dental procedure, ensure that you visit a specialist. This will minimize any risks that come with sedation, because, it is still a medical procedure, that should be conducted by a trained professional. If you still have more queries into sedation dentistry, visit or contact Vita Dental today.

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