Sedation Dentistry

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

If you are anxious about your visit to Chetwood Dental Clinic, or if you are undergoing a surgical procedure, sedation could be used to make your visit more comfortable. Sedation refers to the use of medications that are used to handle or reduce your anxiety. While some people may receive a medication to help them relax, other sedatives could be used to put someone to sleep, called general anesthesia. Examples of possible medications include inhaled sedatives (also called laughing gas), oral medications, or even IV or general anesthesia. Regardless of the type of sedative, local anesthetic will also be used to numb the nerves at the dental site.

When Do I Need Sedation?

Sedation is often dependent on the needs of the patients. If you are anxious to the point that you will have trouble remaining still, a sedative could be used to help you hold still. This is important for maintaining a high-quality of dental procedure. In other cases, general anesthesia could be used for a major surgical procedure. Anesthesia is also used to reduce or eliminate discomfort or pain with the procedure. Sometimes, children could need sedation to help them hold still as well. If you have more questions, please feel free to contact us today.