Sedation Dental Care – Everything You Need To Know About Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry involves the utilization of pharmacological agents to relax and calm patients before and during a dental appointment.
For many decades, the pharmacological approach used by general has been centered on the administration of local anesthesia (often with needles) to numb a specific area of the mouth. Dentists now use approaches that nicely complement the use of local anesthesia. Patients are easily relaxed so they don’t mind having necessary or elective dental procedures performed. Sometimes this is necessary to manage patient anxiety or phobia and in other situations it can just make a long procedure much easier. Once the sedation is in use, the patient may become unaware of the use of needles used to provide local anesthesia.
Why don’t use general anesthesia?
While general anesthesia (where the patient is rendered unconscious) is used by in some fields of dental specialty (most notably oral surgeons), it carries with it a significantly greater patient risk. It also requires very specialized training. For this reason, general anesthesia is administered only in a hospital setting where emergency services can be administered in a timely manner.