Overview of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the process of using anesthesia to relax patients and prepare them for a procedure. Patients are not unconscious in most instances. They are simply put into a relaxed state to alleviate anxiety. After the procedure, patients remember very little about the experience.

Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?

Patients with a dental phobia are ideal candidates for sedation dentistry. Limited mobility patients or patients who cannot control their movements are also good candidates for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is recommended for any patient with a mild to severe phobia.

How Sedation Dentistry Works
Dentists at Sunrise Family Dental in Roseville will assess the level of anxiety or phobia prior to the procedure. If the phobia is mild, an oral sedative may be administered the night before to relax the patient. When the patient enters the office, the dentist can begin the procedure with little to no resistance because the patient is relaxed.

If the phobia is severe, a combination of an oral sedative and other sedation method may be administered. In severe cases, patients may be rendered unconscious for a procedure and may need assistance breathing during the procedure. These cases are rare but are possible if necessary.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

The type of sedation dentistry will be determined by the extent of the anxiety or phobia. There are three types of sedation dentistry offered by Sunrise Family Dentistry in Roseville: Conscious sedation with sedatives, intravenous (IV) sedation and inhalation nitrous oxide sedation. Here are descriptions of each type of sedation dentistry:

Oral Sedatives. Oral sedative medication is typically given to the patient the night before a dentistry procedure or 30 minutes before a dental appointment. These oral sedatives do not provide pain relief. An injection of local anesthesia will be given to the patient if pain relief is necessary.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation. Intravenous (IV) sedation does not provide pain relief. An injection of local anesthesia must also be given for oral sedation.

General Anesthesia. General anesthesia is designed to render the patient unconscious. The patient will not be aware of his or her surroundings with this type of sedation.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation. Nitrous oxide gas is used in sedation dentistry to induce a state of relaxation. Nitrous oxide gas can be injected with a local anesthesia to eliminate pain.

Consider Sunrise Family Dentistry in Roseville

For sedation dentistry, there is no better place to receive care than Sunrise Family Dentistry in Roseville. The dentists are experienced and professional. Consider how the Roseville dental professionals can help to alleviate the fear of dental procedures.

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Call or visit Sunrise Family Dentistry in Roseville today. Our office is located at 901 Sunrise Ave. Ste A1 and our telephone number is 916-520-1717. You may also visit our website at www.sunrisefamilydentists.com.