Do you know anyone who has had sedation dentistry? if you do chances are you will have heard great reviews. The procedure works full stop, and patients can virtually sleep right through their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is completely safe and you will have little or no recollection of the treatment. You won’t remember any feelings, sights, sounds or smell or noises from your treatment appointment.
Once you have taken the prescribed sedation medication, you will sleep for 2 – 6 hours. The duration of your sleep will depend on your treatment and dosage. Complex or invasive dental treatments that would normally be scheduled over multiple appointments can be combined into a single appointment. Have you tried local anaesthetics before and found them to be ineffective at numbing the required treatment area? if you have experienced this and felt there was no solution, you will be happy to find that sedation dentistry is the solution as there is no need for numbing. The method also safely reduces the fatigue of extended, complex or invasive dental treatment which need multiple lengthy appointments.
Patients often wonder if they will feel any pain – the answer is no, no pain or discomfort or feeling will be felt at all. During sedation, patients are not unconscious, but they are in a deeply relaxed state and responsive. Patients are fully monitored throughout their treatment, in addition to before and after treatment. Patients are never left alone.
Depending on the treatment and duration, you will be sleeping or snoozing for between 2 – 6 hours. You will need to take the sedation medication at your dental clinic, or alternatively the medication can be taken at home and someone will need to accompany you to your appointment. You will not be able to travel alone or drive under any circumstances. You will need someone to take you home after your appointment also.
Candidates for sedation dentistry include people who are fearful of dental appointments or dental clinics, this includes any nervousness or anxiety or worry. Patients may also have had a bad dental experience previously, or may simply have difficultly in getting numb following the administration of a local anaesthetic.
Alternatively do you have a strong gag reflex? as this can also make patients nervous about appointments. Having very sensitive gums or teeth, complex dental problems and limited time for dental care can also be reasons to consider sedation dentistry.
If you fear needles, or find surgery rooms scary with the noises, sights, smells and taste associated with dental care then you may also be a candidate for sedation dentistry and you should discuss your concerns with your dentist so that you can be briefed on all the benefits.
Your first step is to make an appointment to discuss your concerns and treatment. At your appointment your dentist will explain your treatment plan and the best way to carry this out, considering all of your personal requirements. Your dental coordinator will be able to book a longer appointment if required, so that you can discuss all considerations.