Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Fear of the dentist can prevent a person from getting timely treatment for his or her dental problem. This can lead to complications that can aggravate the simplest of problems.
Fortunately, if you are afraid of visiting the dentist and/or getting dental treatments, you have one viable option to consider: conscious sedation dentistry.
Here are a few answers to some of the questions you may have about the procedure.
What is conscious sedation?
There are different types of sedation or sleep dentistry which involves the use of different medications, including gas, intravenous medications, and sedative hypnotic pills.
In conscious sedation, you will be given Triazolam which belongs to the same family as Valium. Doctors often prescribe it as a sleeping aid and it is classified as a schedule IV substance.
Who should consider conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is ideal for different types of patients. These include those who have a fear of the dentist, patients with sensitive teeth, those who hate needles, people who hate the smell of the dental clinic, and those who easily gag or have trouble getting numb.
It is also recommended for patients who wish to undergo complex dental treatments.
Is it safe?
Before you are treated under sedation, you will need to undergo a preliminary consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will review your medical history in order to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you. Furthermore, during the actual procedure, your dentist and his or her staff will closely monitor you.
Triazolam is a safe option for sedation dentistry as this does not have the side effects associated with other forms of sleep dentistry.
Why should I choose conscious sedation over the other types of sedation dentistry?
Quite simply, most dental procedures do not require deep sedation. Furthermore, if you are scared of needles, you will be happy to know that conscious sedation does away with the use of those. All you need to do is to put the pill under your tongue, let it dissolve, and then wait until it takes effect
Will it be painful?
No. In fact, many patients who have undergone the treatment report feeling no discomfort. Sedation will get you relaxed. Once the treatment is done, you will have little to no memory of it.
Can I go home after the treatment?
Yes, you can. However, you will be groggy. As such, it is recommended that you bring a family member or a friend with you.
Are there side effects that I should be aware of?
The medication can induce hiccups in some patients. This lasts for just a few minutes.
In some patients, the medication can dry the mouth.
Prior to your treatment, make sure that you follow your dentist’s instructions. These include restrictions on the consumption of stimulants, coffee, and cigarettes 12 hours before and after the treatment. You should also avoid eating and drinking after 7 p.m. on the night before your treatment.