Sedation dentistry is the process of sedation administered through various means such as a pill, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or a vein (IV sedation). Patients who are anxious, nervous, or scared of dental visits may request sedation for a variety of dental care from a regular cleaning to wisdom teeth extractions.
There are various levels of sedation dentistry:
- Minimal sedation: the patient is awake but relaxed
- Conscious sedation: the patient is still awake and breathing on their own, but in a deeper state of relaxation and will likely not remember much of the procedure
- Deep sedation: the patient is nearly unconscious but can still be awakened
- General anesthesia: the patient is completely unconscious and requires breathing assistance
A dentist will request in-depth past medical history before a patient can be sedated. Not all patients are able to be sedated. However, there may be other techniques to help a patient receive the necessary dental treatment in a safe and comfortable manner.
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