For some people, just mentioning the dentist accelerates their heartbeat and their hands start sweating. Dentists are a source of fear and anxiety. Providing proper dental care to a patient with an anxious condition is challenging. Many patients forego regular checkups and cleanings due to fear. Sedation could be the light at the end of the tunnel for people who suffer at the dentist.
What Type of Sedation can be used?
The American Dental Association defines four levels of sedation, minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia. Different types of delivery can be performed by a trained dentist to achieve the proper level of sedation. Each patient is different and the level of sedation should be considered for each individual procedure.
How are the Sedation Drugs Administered?
Prior to deciding on which drug, the dentist must ensure the patient is physically able to use sedation drugs and no dietary issues or current medication will interfere with the drug of choice. Enteral administration involves the gastrointestinal(GI) tract or oral mucosa. With parenteral administration the drug is administered either by intramuscular, intravenous, intranasal, submucosal, subcutaneous or intraosseous. Transdermal application can be used by applying the drug to the skin. Transmucosal administration delivers the drug across the mucosa. Inhalation can be used when the drug is a gas.
Is my Dentist Able to use Sedation?
Not all dentists can provide all types of sedation for a dental procedure. Sedation certified dentists are trained to handle the intricacies of intravenous modality and have passed the oral conscious sedation certification . With a properly certified dentist, a scared patient can receive sedation to provide relaxing comfort so the dentist can complete the dental procedures with ease. Most patients do not need complete loss of consciousness for every procedure.
Going to the dentist is so scary for some people that they chose to never go to regular cleanings and only go in cases of emergency. By providing sedation, anxious patients can receive proper dental care. Oral conscious sedation certification can provide a new level of service to any dentist office.