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In order to keep patients at ease during oral surgery, there are various sedation dentistry options that can be used. Let's take a moment to go over all of these right now.
When performing oral surgery, it's important to consider a number of different sedation options in order to reduce pain and to ensure and to help patients remain relaxed and anxiety-free during a surgical procedure. There are different options to keep in mind, so we'll look at each of these sedation options in brief.
Local anesthetic is used to prevent patients from feeling pain in the area that is being operated upon. This numbs the region that's treated so patients can remain relaxed and comfortable during oral surgery. While not a type of sedation per se, the use of local anesthetic is crucial for the other forms of dental sedation.
Nitrous oxide is one of the more well-known forms of mild dental sedation. Also known as laughing gas, patients are asked to wear a mask that delivers the nitrous oxide and breathe in and out deeply so that a relaxing affect takes hold. Combined with local anesthetic, minor oral surgery procedures can be performed with ease and without any anxiety on the part of the patient.
IV sedation involves the use of sedation drugs delivered directly to a patient’s bloodstream by needle. This offers the deepest levels of sedation, leaving a patient in a semi-conscious state known as "twilight sleep" or a fully unconscious state. This type of sedation is used when there are major procedures to be performed and it is ideal for patients to not be conscious for the surgery.
Safety is an important part of any kind of oral sedation procedure, which is why we always take great care when using sedation dentistry. This goes for the use of local anesthetic and especially when more advanced forms of sedation are used. In addition, we always recommend that patients have a loved one with them to drive them to and from the practice. Dental sedation methods can take some time to wear off, which is why having that loved one to escort you home is critical.
Since there are different levels of sedation for different needs, we take great care in tailoring treatment to suit the patient. During the consultation process, we will carefully go over all options in full detail so patients understand what they are going to experience. This improves the treatment process for the patient and aids a great deal in ensuring patient satisfaction.
To learn more about oral surgery and how our team can help you experience excellent dental health and total wellness, be sure to contact our oral surgery and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Andrew Glenn will discuss all of your options for care in full detail so you can rest assured and rest easy during surgery.
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