A lot of patients are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment For those people, sedation dentistry is the choice to take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry”. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
- Minimal sedation – you are awake but relaxed.
- Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) – you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
- Deep sedation – you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
- General anesthesia — you are completely unconscious.