Still Afraid of the Dental Chair? How About a Sedation Dentist?

What makes sedation dentists unique?

Sedation dentists are dentists who are qualified to administer sedatives and perform dental procedures. Sedatives are administered to make the patient calm and relaxed during the dental procedure. By putting the patient into a state of drowsiness or deep sleep, dental procedures can be easily performed. Sedation is the only option in the case of severe dental phobia. Many people are afraid of the dentist because of the pain involved. When sedatives and anesthetics are used, the patient will not experience any pain and surgical procedures can be performed much more smoothly.

It is rare to find sedation dentists because it takes additional training and experience to be qualified to administer sedatives. In the United States, only 6% of all dentists are qualified to administer sedatives. If you’re thinking of opting for sedation dentistry, contact your dentist for more information.

Sedatives are administered in a number of ways. Here are the common ways in which sedatives are given to the patient:

1) Intravenous route: Intravenous sedatives are given via the veins. A few years back, intravenous sedatives were the only option available to dentists. These are particularly difficult to use in cases of severe dental phobia. Patients who have chronic fear of the dentist also have fear of needles. For this reason, intravenous sedatives are not an option in such patients.

2) Oral route: Oral sedatives are a new development. These are available in the form of tablets which are swallowed around half an hour before the surgical procedure. Oral sedatives are a good option in cases where intravenous sedatives cannot be used. It is particularly true for patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety.

3) Inhalation: Nitrous oxide is a popular sedative that is used by dentists. In fact nitrous oxide is commonly associated with dentists in popular culture and media. Nitrous oxide is administered to the patient using a facemask. It is continuously administered in smaller amounts during the entire procedure for better results.

In addition to sedatives, dentists also administer anesthetics. Anesthetics are chemical substances that prevent the patient from experiencing any pain during the procedure. After the procedure is completed, it may take a while for the patient to recover fully from the combined effect of sedatives and anesthetics. However, these do not have any serious side effects and the discomfort lasts only for a few hours.