Sedation dentistry uses techniques to help patients relax and stay comfortable during their dental treatment. Different types of sedation are available depending on the patient’s needs. Oral sedatives can be very useful in helping patients relax and overcome many anxiety issues, while stronger medicines or IV sedation can be used to achieve what’s known as conscious sedation or “sleep dentistry” in patients who require more extensive procedures or in those with extreme dental anxiety. Studies show many people delay or completely ignore important dental treatment because they’re too fearful of visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients to get the care they need to treat dental problems and enjoy better oral health as well as improved overall health and wellness.
Conscious sedation uses a combination of anesthetics designed to help patients achieve deep relaxation. Most patients doze during their procedures, but they’ll still be able to respond to instructions like “open wider.” Patients who have conscious sedation typically remember little or nothing of their procedures.
Most patients feel groggy for some time after their procedure, and they’ll need someone to be available to drive them home. Patients should plan on taking the remainder of the day to nap and relax while the sedation completely wears off.
Yes, the team at Tribeca Dental Club has extensive experience in sedation techniques aimed at keeping patients comfortable and relaxed. Patients will be closely monitored during their procedures and during the immediate recovery period so they can feel completely confident in their care.
The length of sedation depends on the procedure that’s being performed. Prior to any procedure, the sedation technique and other aspects of the procedure will be discussed so patients know what they should expect.
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