Knowledge Foundation: Sedation Dentistry

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Are you looking for a heightened sense of relaxation during your oral health care treatments but feel that you have very little options at your disposal? The truth is that now is the best time to receive your oral health care treatments because modern dentistry is filled with sedatives and treatments to help relax patients. Various forms of medication and sedatives can be given to relax patients, make you feel drowsy or even put you to sleep.

To protect a person’s smile from various oral health care procedures and the fear of moving around when treatments are given, a dentist can put a person to sleep. Sedation such as oral sedation and intravenous sedation through the use of various products can put a place to sleep so that the appropriate treatment can be given without the fear of movement. When oral sedation is applied, a person swallows a pill that will typically take effect an hour later. However, with intravenous sedation, sedatives are directly injected into your bloodstream from which the effect is almost immediate.

For the deepest levels of sedation, the use of anesthesia is applied. Anesthesia can be used to put an individual into a state of deep unconsciousness from which they will not wake up from. Alternatively, it can be applied to put a patient into a calmed and relaxed state from which they can safely drive themselves home as it will wear off almost immediately. To improve your oral health care, speak with your dentist about any oral health care treatments you need and what forms of sedation dentistry are available for it.

Do you have any additional questions or concerns about sedation dentistry? You are welcome to stop by our office. To schedule an appointment with your dentist at Orlando Family Dentistry, LLC, call us at our dental office in Hopewell, New Jersey, at 609-466-1332. Dr. Christopher M. Spelman and our entire team look forward to speaking with you soon!