Safety and types of sedation
In order to understand how safe sedation dentistry is you need to know that only trained and licensed sedation dentists can practice sedation dentistry so not all dentists can do sedation. Before you are given any sedation with sedation dentistry a detailed medical history will be taken and you will need to provide a list of any medications you are currently taking and why. While you are sedated your heart rate and breathing will be monitored.
Types of sedation
- Oral in which pills or liquid such as valium to help you relax will be used
- Inhalation where you will be giving nitrous oxide better known as laughing gas
- IV moderate sedation where you will be given a sedative through a vein
- General anesthesia which is where you are given medication that relaxes you and puts you to sleep
With any of these, you will also generally be given a local anesthesia of Novocain to numb the area of the mouth that is being worked on.
How sedation helps you
Sedation can provide help to those who are extremely fearful of going to the dentist or are anxious when going to the dentist to have procedures done. It also helps young children receive proper dental care without being further traumatized by the dentist because the sedation helps relieve the fear and anxiousness that the child has. In effect, it is a great tool for both children and adults that allow the patient to have dental care procedures done in order for your Toronto Ontario Dentist to keep their mouth and teeth health.