Sedation dentistry is mainly for those people who fear dental procedures or simple tooth cleaning. Young people, particularly, the children are tensed and anxious when they have to step into a dentist’s office.
Hence to take away the fear, we have sedation dentistry. This uses medicine/ mild sedative to help dental patients relax. Sometimes it is called “dental sleep” but this is not completely accurate. Typically, patients are awake except for those who took general anesthesia.
What are dental sedatives?
Dental sedatives are different forms of medications (oral, IV, gaseous) used by the dentist to help an anxious/scared patient to calm down during a long or even a short dental procedure.
Who is benefitted by sedation dentistry?
People who have anxiety about pain or simply just sitting on the chair will benefit from sedation dentistry. Not all sedatives are sleep-inducing, some include techniques to calm a patient. For instance, your dentist will give you numbing agents or anesthesia, where patients lay awake but they don’t feel any pain. Some receive laughing gas before procedures like getting crowns or root canals.