Not all people feel comfortable paying a visit to the dentist. It’s a common fact that a lot of people are afraid of the dentist. If you feel you are one of these people, then sedation dentistry may be just what you need to help you relax. Sedation can be used for tooth extractions or many other treatments.
Many people think of sedation as being put to sleep, but in fact for this type of sedation you would remain conscious. This allows you to understand and respond to the dentist but you may not remember very much of your time on the dentist’s chair when the sedation wears off.
While sedation dentistry has a long history of safe usage, it should not be used in the following situations for various reasons:
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Respiratory problems
- Patients with severe systemic disease
- Certain types of Glaucoma
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Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can be advantageous for a variety of reasons:
- Reduces or eliminates gag reflexes.
- Makes the patient more relaxed and comfortable during treatment.
- If IV sedation is administered, the treatment works very fast with the drug and level dosage being tailored to suit the individual’s needs.
- Reduces tremors associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s or Cerebral Palsy.