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Sedation Dentistry: Its Benefits

July 6, 2022
Posted By: Amber Schmidt
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In dentistry, sedation refers to medication to assist patients in relaxing during oral treatment procedures. It is also known as sleep dentistry, although patients are always awake, except those under general anaesthesia. There are several levels to choose from minimal sedation to moderate and deep sedation.







You might be put under sedation by a dentist for several reasons. Some of these reasons are:

  • Phobia toward dental procedures
  • Traumatic dental experience
  • Patients who are physically or mentally impaired
  • When you undergo dental procedures, you get sores very easily because of your small mouth.
  • Generalised anxiety disorder patients
  • Having resistance to local anaesthetics
  • Having susceptible oral nerves
  • Procedures that are lengthy, invasive, and difficult.

Patients with any of the above issues can discuss sedation dentistry with their dentist. In addition to tooth extractions, root canals, dental implants, and other dental procedures, they will benefit from this program. Sedation is uncommon for routine procedures like dental cleaning and x-rays. Sedation may be needed for routine procedures in severe cases of anxiety. The dentist in Parker, CO will guide you properly regarding the benefits of sedation dentistry.

Various types of sedation dentistry

You might still need a local anaesthetic for the doctor to work on the area, regardless of the type of sedation dentistry used.


Sedatives are taken orally.


Patients with little anxiety are usually given pills in this form. Patients are advised to take them about a half-hour before a procedure. They are supposed to make you feel extremely relaxed. Upon taking the medication, you will feel drowsy but still awake.

Nitrous oxide (minor sedation) is inhaled.

Patients feel all tingly and also feel a sense of well-being. During and right after a dental procedure, you will be inhaled nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. The gas must be administered repeatedly so it does not wear off too quickly. Consequently, it is mainly used in simple and quick procedures, but it has the advantage that you can drive yourself home afterwards.

Slight sedation administered intravenously

You will need to prepare your dentist for this type of sedation. The drug is injected directly into your veins and takes effect immediately. According to the procedure being performed, the level of sedation may be continually adjusted. The patient does not completely lose consciousness during IV moderate sedation.


A general anaesthetic


The anaesthesia puts you into a deep sleep, from which you can only awaken after the effects wear off or are reversed with some medication. When you wake up, you won't remember anything that happened.


Benefits of Participation

Sedation is one of the many benefits our family dentistry clinic recommends to patients. This includes:


  • Facilitating the treatment process


Treatment procedures can be made more difficult, risky and even dangerous when patients have gag reflexes or overly sensitive nerves. While under sedation, a patient can relax while undergoing treatment. A smooth experience for the dentist and patient enhances the procedure's effectiveness.


  • It reduces pain and discomfort.


In addition to being painful, some dental procedures are also uncomfortable. Through sedation, a dentist can put patients at ease so they can get the treatment they need. The patient remains comfortable throughout the procedure.



  • Allows for fewer dental appointments


Sedation allows for more work to be done in a single treatment, which means fewer visits to the dentist. A dentist can accomplish a lot while you're relaxed, whether getting a cavity filled, dental bridges, fixing a chipped tooth or undergoing cosmetic procedures.


  • Ensures patients get the treatment they need


Many people do not seek dental care because of the fear and anxiety accompanying a dentist visit. But sedation dentistry eliminates the need for patients to put off going to the dentist. Various kinds of procedures are made comfortable and painless to improve the experience.

If you still have any lingering questions about sedation dentistry, our Parker Dentist would be happy to answer your questions. Make an appointment with our experienced dentist to get your questions answered.


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