Dental phobia is real. While this may be more common in children, a large number of adults also suffer from dental anxiety. There are many recent advances in technology that can help these patients receive the care they need. Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication so as to relieve patients of their dental anxiety. Once sedated, the patient is able to relax and be calm during the dental procedure. This article discusses the various options available for orthodontic patients keen on embracing the concept of sedation dentistry.
Oral sedation refers to the administration of orally-ingested pills so as to achieve the desired effect on a patient. The dosage of sedative drugs administered depends on whether the patient needs to be sedated mildly, moderately, or deeply.
Oral sedatives are typically administered about an hour before the commencement of the dental procedure. The administration of sedatives affects patients differently. Some patients will remain conscious with minimal sedation, while others may become groggy enough to sleep through the dental procedure.
A large number of orthodontic dental patients prefer oral sedation because it does not involve the use of needles. Oral sedation is also among the most affordable types of dental sedation
Inhaled Minimal Sedation
True to its name, inhaled sedation is only used to provide a mild level of sedation for the patient. Under this type of sedation, a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gas is administered to the patient through the use of gas masks. Inhalation of this gas brings about a feeling of relaxation for the patient.
Inhaled minimal sedation is known for the quick wearing off of the sedative gas. In a large number of cases, patients who settle for inhaled minimal sedation are able to drive themselves back home after the dental procedure.
IV Moderate Sedation
IV moderate sedation refers to the administration of sedative drugs through the veins of the dental patient (intravenously). The sedative is injected directly into the patient's bloodstream through the veins. The direct delivery of sedatives makes them have a quicker effect as compared to other sedation options.
IV moderation sedation allows for the achievement of higher levels of sedation without the patient losing consciousness, as is often the case with general anaesthesia. However, patients who have a fear of needles should not think of IV moderate sedation.
Sedation dentistry is the way to go for orthodontic patients who suffer from dental anxiety.