Posted on Sep 5, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off
As the name indicates, sedation dentistry involves administering a sedative of some type to patients to make the process of receiving dental treatment confortable and free from stress and anxiety. Sedation dentistry is also referred to as sleep dentistry, relaxation dentistry, and anxiety-free dentistry, but the correct term is sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is not new. The procedure goes back to the days of giving patients whiskey to help take the edge off dental pain. we’ve come a long way since then, thanks to advances in science, dentistry, and pharmacology.
Patients are never completely unconscious and are always able to move, speak, and respond to verbal requests – and yet, they have little, if any, memory of the procedure after it has been completed. Because the paitent is is more comfortable and relaxed, the dentist and his team can work more efficiently and effectively.
The basic methods of sedation dentistry include:
A trained sedation dentist will customize a sedation protocal so it is appropriate for each individual paitent’s physiological and pharmacological needs.