What Does Sedation Do?

It eases the pain and relaxes the muscle around the teeth, giving patients a more comfortable feeling during the procedure. Many dentists also refer to it as sleep dentistry. Patients are often awake during the entire procedure. But since they are sedated, it is called a sleeping procedure. There is a certain level of sedation which might include:

  • The minimal level where you are awake but relaxed.
  • The moderate level where you might not remember the entire procedure and you may feel a bit dizzy.
  • Deep sedation where you are just at the edge of the consciousness but you are still awake.
  • Anaesthesia, where you are completely unconscious.

Why Would A Dentist Need To Sedate You?

Many people get scared even by the thought of going through a mere cleaning process of the teeth. For people, a toothache and a dentist’s chair is their worst nightmare. Sedation dentistry at Smiles Dental Group might be the right solution. Sedation dentistry is available for every dentistry procedure from tooth cleaning to more complex invasive procedures. Its use is dependent on the anxiety and fear of the patient.

What Sedation Do We Use?

Sedation may be an appropriate option for patients who are anxious about their dental or dental surgery procedures.

There are different levels or types of sedation used in dentistry:

  • Nitrous Oxide – a safe and light form of sedation also known as ‘laughing gas’. This method can relieve anxiety and increase the feeling of relaxation during the procedure. The patient is still completely awake and conscious. After sedation, the effects of nitrous oxide do not last very long (several minutes). This outcome allows the patient to continue functioning normally right after the appointment.
  • Oral sedation – another way to achieve a sedation effect for dental procedures is by orally taking sedation pills that are prescribed to you by the Dentist. During the procedure, the dentist will monitor the patient’s vital signs. Oral sedation can be combined with nitrous oxide to have an additive effect. The patient is still conscious and breathing on their own.
  • IV Sedation – is also considered another form of conscious sedation, however, their awareness of the procedure is minimal, and typically the patient cannot remember the procedure itself. Vital signs are monitored closely by a designated, and trained clinical team member.
  • General Anesthesia – is unconscious sedation that requires an Anesthesiologist to administer and monitor the anesthesia.


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