Even though dental procedures are always necessary, they aren’t always the most pleasant, unfortunately.
Some procedures, such as extractions, require an anaesthetic to ease the pain; and in some instances there is the need for sedation.
Surprisingly, sedation isn’t determined by procedure, but by the individual patient and their specific needs.
Many patients have extenuating circumstances that make them unable to cope with certain dental procedures, without the assistance of a sedative.
Firstly, how does one get sedated?
Oral sedation is one of the available methods of conscious sedation dentistry, along with inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) and conscious intravenous sedation. Drugs which can be used for sedation include diazepam, triazolam, zaleplon, lorazepam, and hydroxyzine, Wikipedia reports.
Dentist David L Roberts continues that in cases involving dental surgery, local anaesthesia that numbs the surgical area (Novocaine) is used either by itself or in combination with one or more of the following: nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”) to relax you; oral pre-medication or an intravenous “I.V.”
Full on sedation is administered as Intravenous Sedation, also known as “Twilight or Conscious Sedation”.
This puts patients into a relaxed state, and sometimes reduces their awareness during very intricate procedures such as Root Cabal Surgeries, and multiple extractions.
Which other surgeries need sedation?
Most procedures only require local anaesthesia, but special cases which call for sedation include patients who suffer from anxiety, children who are scared to undergo the procedure, as well as anyone undergoing intricate procedures such as wisdom teeth removal; notorious for being painful and time consuming.
Sedation is also recommended for people who have a bad gag reflex, or patients who have very sensitive teeth are also sedated to the point of unconsciousness.
If you are covered by a dental insurance such as Affinity Dental, any form of necessary anaesthesia is covered, to allow you to have the most pleasant experience, no matter the procedure.