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Reducing Pain With Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a sector that focuses on keeping patients calm, relaxed, and at ease during dental appointments, specifically procedures that may induce anxiety. One of the main reasons that people experience dental anxiety is due to a fear of pain or discomfort from an upcoming procedure. While the majority of dental procedures do not induce a lot of pain, the fear still exists, which can be overwhelming.
Thankfully, with sedation dentistry, there are a few practices that can be used to reduce and eliminate the anxiety regarding dental pain. Keep reading to find out more!
The role of sedation dentistry in pain management
Below is a quick overview of sedation dentistry and how it can be used to manage, reduce, and relieve pain during dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry defined
Sedation dentistry is the practice of administering dental sedation to patients who experience dental anxiety. There are a few different levels of sedation dentistry, which are outlined below.
Mild methods of sedation dentistry include nitrous oxide and some forms of oral medications. Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas and is the most common method. It does not have any lingering side effects and can be quite promising when it comes to reducing anxiety. As far as oral medications, there are some that may be considered mild, which are considered anti-anxiety.
Moderate methods of sedation dentistry include heavier doses of anti-anxiety oral medications, as well as IV sedation. IV sedation in dentistry refers to the use of anti-anxiety medications being delivered intravenously into the body. Both options of moderate sedation dentistry are considered to be anti-anxiety, which reduces fear of pain.
Severe sedation dentistry is typically general anesthesia, which puts the patient under, thus making them unconscious. The ability to be unconscious during procedures eliminates any fear of pain. Additionally, general anesthesia in sedation dentistry completely eliminates any ability to feel pain. The anesthesia is administered throughout the entire procedure to ensure that the patient remains unconscious.
Anesthesia, in particular, blocks the ability of the nerves to experience pain. The stimuli in the body are blocked by the anesthetic, which ensures that pain is not felt. Pain blocking is extremely important for certain dental procedures, such as tooth extractions, dental implant placement, or jaw correction surgery.
Other things to know
It is important to know that almost all methods of sedation dentistry do leave patients with lingering effects, which require assistance afterward. For example, oral and IV sedatives can leave patients feeling drowsy and confused.
Find out more about sedation dentistry
When preparing for an upcoming dental procedure, there is no need to be fearful of pain. With the latest dental technology, patients can undergo sedation dentistry to ease nerves, reduce pain, and ensure that the procedure is seamless. To learn more about what is involved, it is best to consult with a dentist. The dentist can evaluate the patient to determine what method of sedation is best. Reach out today!
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