Sedation Dentistry

Can you really feel relaxed in the Dentist's Chair?

I have heard many people saying having a dental treatment is so painful and makes your entire body tense with fear. But don’t worry there is a treatment called sedation dentistry where you can feel calm, relaxed and at ease.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is a procedure where you are technically awake but feeling very relaxed. Sometimes it is called conscious sedation dentistry or twilight Sleep which creates a short term forgetfulness where you can feel insensitivity to pain without loss of consciousness.

The levels of Sedation used are:

  • Minimal Sedation – Your are alert but relaxed
  • Moderate Sedation – You may stumble over your words while talking, but you will not recall much about the process..
  • Deep Sedation – You are at the edge of consciousness but still awakened
  • General Anaesthesia- You are totally unconscious.

Where is the need for Sedation Dentistry?

As per dentists recommendations people of every age can go for sedation dentistry including children. Dentists recommend this option for those who have below dental problems:

  • Dental anxiety.
  • Fear of going to the dentist.
  • Extreme sensitive teeth.
  • Fear of needles ( aichmophobia).
  • It is difficult to control movements.
  • Specific needs (including mental, physical, or behavior).
  • A decrease in sensitivity to local anesthesia.
  • The gag reflex is overly sensitive.
  • A feeling of anxiety when in the dental chair.

Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

There are different levels of sedation dentistry based on unique needs or factors. These factors may include level of anxiety, length of procedure, health history and personal preferences. The most common types of sedation used in dentistry are:

  • Nitrous Oxide: The patient breathes Nitrous oxide commonly referred to in the form of “laughing gas” together with oxygen via a mask put on his nose. The gas is a great way to relax. The dentist is able to control how much sedation that you receive and the gas can be expected to fade quickly. This is the only type of sedation that you will be capable of driving yourself back home following the procedure.
  • Oral sedation Dentistry:  Based on the dose that is administered, oral sedation may vary from mild to moderate. For a moderate amount of sedation, you can take a pill. The most common drug comes from Halcion that is part of the same family like Valium which is consumed about an hour before the procedure. The medication will cause you to become sleepy, but you’ll be awake. A greater dose could be administered to cause moderate sedation. This is the kind of anesthesia that is most often associated with dental sedation. A few people are so groggy by moderate oral sedation that they are able to doze off throughout the process. However, they can usually be awakened by the gentle shaking.
  • General and deep anesthesia:  The drugs you receive cause you to be completely unconscious or sleepy — throughout the procedure. When you’re in general anesthesia, you are unable to be awakened till the effects from anesthesia subside or are reversed by the medication.

What happens when you have opted for sedation dentistry?

If you choose Nitrous Oxide as your sedation choice, you’ll require an experienced friend or someone from your family to drive to your home following the appointment. It is best to go home immediately and relax while the medication that sedates you is absorbed.


Note: Never take a cab or any public transport following the sedation for tooth extraction. You’ll require a trusted and familiar companion to guide you. Before you leave you should ensure that your driver makes sure that you’re comfortable in your bed or on your sofa.

If you are looking for a centre for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry, SkyView Dental Care in Noblesville is a comprehensive dental care for your family They take care of family members from infants to aged people.


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