Will I remember anything with sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is incredibly useful – especially when patients are receiving treatments from an oral surgeon. From receiving dental implants to reconstructive or corrective surgeries that address congenital abnormalities or facial trauma, sedation dentistry promotes a comfortable and positive experience for our patients and can improve the accuracy of treatment because it allows our team to work without interruption or obstruction. There are varying levels of sedation administered by our team and the strength of the medication used can affect one’s recollection of treatment. Those receiving IV sedation and even oral sedation, may have very limited memory of their treatment because they are sleeping peacefully.
What are the different types of sedation?
There are three different types of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation. Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation. Its effects work quickly and wear off when the gas is no longer administered through a soft nasal mask. Oral sedation involves taking prescription medication prior to one’s appointment. IV sedation is used for more lengthy or invasive procedures where anesthesia is necessary.
Which procedures require sedation dentistry?
Sometimes, patients may be given oral sedation or nitrous oxide for minimally invasive procedures – especially if they suffer with clinical or dental phobias. Since nitrous oxide and prescription medication can improve overall comfort and mood, they are beneficial for services like oral pathology or dental implant placement. Procedures that are more surgical in nature such as corrective jaw surgery, for example, might require IV sedation. Patients who have endured significant facial trauma may receive IV sedation as well. IV sedation is ideal for long, complex procedures.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
When administering any type of sedation, we follow very strict protocols to ensure that our guests are safe and relaxed. Determining whether sedation is necessary for a patient is a very careful process. Before administering any medication, we will review a patient’s medical and drug history closely. Dosages and types of medications used are determined on a case-by-case basis.
To learn more about our services including sedation dentistry, call our team at Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to reserve a consultation.