Everyone has different fears. One of the most common fears is the fear of dentists. It can be assumed that it is “belief baggage”, when dental procedures were really intimidating and caused severe pain to patients. Do you also have the fear, which will even delay you from visiting a dentist? In this case, sedation can help you. Sedation is medication-induced depression of consciousness and calming. It can be applied to any dental procedure, especially if you have a complex and long-term treatment. During sedation, the patient is monitored by a doctor anesthesiologist.
Types of sedation in dentistry
- Oral. For this sedation, the medication should be taken half an hour before the procedure for the sedation. After that, the patient feels calm and sleepy, but does not sleep.
- Intravenous. For this sedation, the medicine is given intravenously. It is a deeper sedation than oral. After that, the patient is sleepy or sleeping, but the respiratory function remains unchanged.
When sedation is applied?
- In case of an insurmountable fear.
- When waiting for a long and complex dental procedure.
- When you experience nausea during dental procedures.
- Do not eat 6 hours before the procedure.
- Do not drink liquids 2-3 hours before the procedure.
- If you have allergies, inform your dentist.
- You will need an accompanying person after the procedure until the sedation effect is over.
If your fear hinders you or your child from having healthy and beautiful teeth, talk to your dentist about the sedation that will make the treatment easier. In order to prevent sedation from harming the body, it is most important to follow all the instructions of the dentist, then no serious complications will occur.