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Sedation and anaesthesia.

Dental Anesthesia

Many people experience fear or anxiety about dental visits and treatments. This could prevent them from seeking proper dental care. We offer relief from these fears through a variety of options for anesthesia and treatment of dental discomfort.

Types of Dental Anesthesia

Local Anesthesia

Medication is injected into the mouth to numb the area to be treated. This also blocks the nerves that transmit pain. This type of anesthesia is commonly used during fillings, treating gum disease or preparing teeth for crowns.

Sedation

This method is usually administered by inhaling nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. It can also be administered orally in the form of a pill taken prior to the dental procedure. This form of anesthesia is commonly combined with a local anesthetic to help relieve anxieties and reduce pain.

General Anesthesia

This is the strongest form of anesthesia available for dental procedures and involves intravenous medications that produce a temporary loss of consciousness. General anesthesia is usually only used during oral surgery procedures.

Sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people undergoing dental treatment. Although sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” most patients remain awake but feel sleepy.

Benefits of Sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry may benefit those who:

Have a low pain threshold

Have sensitive teeth

Cannot sit still in the dentist's chair

Gag easily

Need a large amount of dental work done

Types of Dental Sedation

Sedation can be administered through several methods, depending on the overall health and level of relaxation required by the patient. Most patients use nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to achieve relaxation.

Conscious Sedation

Most dentists use conscious sedation, which lets patients feel relaxed but also remain awake and able to respond to commands. The patient will not remember most of the procedure with this sedation.

Deep Sedation

Patients with higher anxiety levels may feel more comfortable with deep sedation, which provides a state somewhere between consciousness and unconsciousness. In this state, patients cannot respond to commands and may need breathing assistance.

Unconsciousness

Putting a patient in an unconscious state is occasionally necessary. However, doing so requires general anesthesia, which brings about added risks. Usually only oral sugery requires this level of sedation.