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Dental Sedation: What You Need To Know

In this article we will be talking about what dental sedation is and how it works. Hopefully this can help relieve a little bit of anxiety off a potential dental visit! As well as inform you of just what tools the dentist has to their disposal in order to make the treatment or procedure a whole lot more bearable.

Sedation is always to be performed under experienced hands, it’s something that we take to heart here in Los Algodones. With the right people on the job, it is a 100% safe.


What does dental sedation do?

Dental sedation, in simple words, is a means of making the patient relax or to numb a certain area in order to lower the pain. For that reason, it’s used widely with kids and uneasy people to make the dental visit more easy for everyone.

In order to accomplish this, a dentist has many different kinds of sedation to choose from. It depends on the patient and the procedure that needs to be taken, as they might require a dental sedation that has a smaller or bigger impact.

It is worth mentioning that the patient is always able to be aware of their surroundings. Only general anesthesia renders the patient truly unconscious and it is seldom used in dentistry.


What are the different types of se dation?

So what types of sedation are there, and in what form? As we said before, a dentist has many to their disposal in order to calm and relax their patients.

The most used and widely available are nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation, but we will also include general sedation into that list. So we will be explaining them right ahead so you can have an idea of how things work out:


Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”

If you have ever seen a patient wear a gas mask and shortly after acting and looking funny, then that is it. The gas comes from the mask and in order to have a better effect, your dentist will suggest you to breathe through your nose.

As for the effect it has on people, it just keeps your calm and relaxed for its duration. It is the one that wears down faster as the patient can breathe pure oxygen for the nitrous oxide to leave the system. Since it leaves no traces in such a short a short time, it is safe to drive once you are sure you are not feeling drowsy.


Oral sedation

This one is in the form of a pill, and depending on the dose given, it can have a small or mild effect. The effect that it gives is that it makes you feel dozy and sleepy, so the procedure carries out pleasantly.

These pills take a bit of time before they kick in, about 20 minutes to an hour. For this reason the dentist hands it to the patient a little bit before it is their turn.


Intravenous sedation

Among the types of sedations, this one requires a lot more of training to perform. As it goes through the vein directly, and works that quickly as well.

The patient will typically be very sleepy and fall asleep effortlessly, though they can wake up if shaken slightly.


General anesthesia or deep sedation

This one works in a similar matter as oral sedation, but instead of making you dozy, it puts you right in a deep sleep. While the patient is in this state, they will not feel any pain and cannot be woken up easily. The patient wakes up until its effect runs out or it is reverse through medication.

This type requires a lot of knowledge and training in order to perform correctly and safely. Los Algodones dentists stress that it must be done by people in that expertise, as giving more than intended can be fatal.


Is it safe or not?

We have reviewed many of the options throughout this article, and as you can see there are several good options where you cannot go wrong.

Dental sedation is very safe and a very effective way to carry out operations without issue. It just turns unsafe when performed by inexperienced hands and with no supervision.

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