When you go for your appointment with your dentist, probably for an occasional checkup, and the dentist realizes that you will have to undergo dental surgery, it can be a scary situation for you. If you have never undergone any form of surgery, this situation will definitely make you feel very anxious. One of the things that you are most likely very worried about is the possible pain during the procedure. The anxiety that you might end make your visit a lot more uncomfortable. However, if you communicate this issue to your dentist, he or she may introduce sedation dentistry as a solution. Sedation dentistry involves using medication on patients to reduce the anxiety you will experience during the procedure. In most cases, patients are usually awake with the exception of those who go through general anesthesia. It is important that you give your dentist your health history so as to know what amount to administrator. To be more knowledgeable on this topic, here are the levels of sedation:
1. Minimal sedation using anxiolytics.
This is the lowest level of sedation and is translated from the Greek word for “anxiety-relief”. Anxiolytics are a class of drug used to treat anxiety, and are usually administered in office, about thirty minutes before your procedure. This method is used for patients that have low levels of anxiety and is used during very minor procedures or even just a routine dentist checkup. Minimal sedation allows you to be fully awake, and you will respond normally to voice commands and physical stimulation. Your coordination and cognitive function may not be normal and can be a little impaired. Your breathing and chest muscles will not be affected. You will be able to breathe by yourself. Your reflexes and body muscles will be normal.
2. Moderate sedation.
The second level of sedation is moderate sedation, also referred to as “conscious sedation”. It is used for generally high anxiety patients or patients who need a lot of dental procedures to be done. It is when the dentist depresses the consciousness of the patients. You will still be able to respond to voice commands. Your chest and breathing process is usually not altered, but at most it can be affected minimally. The moderate sedation will put you in a sleepy state, and at times you might fall asleep but you can easily be woken up.
3. Deep Sedation.
This type of sedation is considered to be between moderate consciousness and general anesthesia. It is used very rarely, but when it is administrated, it is usually because you are suffering from very high anxiety and you are very fearful of the dentist. It is also a viable option if you have a lot of procedures that need to be done at once.
Sedation dentistry is a great way to make your dental visit a more relaxing experience.