Conscious sedation dentistry is a great way for people who are afraid of the dentist to get through a visit as comfortably and painlessly as possible. The patient is conscious but is deeply relaxed, which helps the patient get through any procedures, but also helps the dental professional do their job without feeling like the patient is in a lot of discomfort.
A patient under sedation will feel no pain. Most patients who are sedated later say they have very little recollection of what was happening during the time they were sedated. While most people stay conscious, some fall asleep and can be out as long as 2 to 6 hours, depending on the needs of the dentist to complete the procedure. Someone should drop off and pick up the patient because of the lasting effects of the medicine. While the patient is sedated, they usually have their vital signs monitored just as you would in a hospital to ensure there’s no problems.
Sedation dentistry is recommended for people who have:
- Intense fear of the dentist’s clinic
- Intensely sensitive teeth
- Had bad experiences in the past with a dentist
- Very complex dental issues which need extensive treatment and resotration
- A sensitive gag reflex
- an issue with the sights and sounds of dental equipment
- a phobia of injections
Oral Sedation Dentistry procedures have been widely used for about 30 years with millions of dental procedures.The sedation is completely safe and your dentist will usually go over your options and how it will effect you before you go under.
Usually this is how it works. On the day of your appointment, you take a pill supplied by the dentist about an hour before your visit. Someone should drive you to the office and help you check in. By that time, you’ll begin to feel very relaxed. The staff at the dental clinic then makes you comfortable while you wait to go into the main stage of sedation.
When you leave the dentist’s office you will be awake, but might feel a bit groggy, so you definitely need someone to drive you home. Typically a patient will sleep and relax once they are home while the sedatives effect wears off. The dentist may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics for you to take as directed, depending on the procedure done.