Dentistry Blog for Beginners: Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation dentistry exists to ensure individuals will have comfortable dental visits with sedatives that can help control pain and relax patients. Four common levels of sedation include minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia, all of which provide varying degrees of sedation to allow a patient to be relaxed so that their oral health care treatments they need can be given properly.

– In situations where an individual requires a common or relaxing agent for either dental anxiety or to ease a patient’s mind and body, gas sedation is often effective. This includes the use of nitrous oxide which is given through a mask from which a patient breathes in.

– For a fast-acting sedative, look no further than intravenous sedation. Varying degrees of sedation can be adjusted to achieve the desired effect.

– For the deepest level of sedation, general anesthesia has proven to be highly effective. In times where an individual requires a complex surgical procedure to be performed, the individual will need to be placed into a complete state of unconsciousness. This can be achieved with anesthetic sedation.

– Sedation in pill form can be given up to an hour before surgeries or procedures to help place an individual into a deep state of relaxation. With larger doses, they can actually be put to sleep.

If you are in need of a sedation dentistry treatment from our team at Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at our periodontal office in Cumming, Georgia, please contact us at 770-781-3685 to schedule an appointment with our periodontist, Dr. Shelly Montes.