Sedation dentistry is basically oral conscious sedation. It defers from what people usually associate sedation with which is general anesthesia, which is usually done in a hospital setting. What we do is conscious sedation, in which the patient is conscious of what is going on around him, and it is done in-office. An oral sedative medicine is dispensed to the patient. For adults, it is in the form of a pill, and for children, it is in liquid form. Once the patient is a little relaxed, it takes off the edge. It makes patients feel a little more relaxed, similar to having had two glasses of wine (for pediatric sedation, it is the equivalent to two tablespoons of Benadryl) and can help take the edge off.
For 45 minutes to an hour, we can work uninterrupted. The best part about sedation dentistry is that the patient has no memory of the procedure. For patients who are apprehensive or have any phobias, they lose that apprehension once they are under the influence of the medication. Most of the time, they are able to go through the procedure and only have positive recollections about visiting the office, which makes it easier for patients to return to the dentist without these negative connotations with the dentist chair.
Whether you are about to undergo an extensive procedure in the dentist's chair or just visiting the dentist for a standard cleaning or checkup, sedation dentistry may be of benefit to you if you typically experience anxiety or nervousness around dental visits. Consider Dr. Sood for your next dental visit, and see if sedation dentistry can help ease your fears of visiting the dentist for those much-needed cleanings and procedures.