Dental phobia, or fear of dentists and dental procedures, is a frequent problem. Therefore, at Camden High Street Practice, we introduced sedation during dental procedures when needed. Sedation dentistry is an essential element to ensuring you have a comfortable dental experience.

Sedation is a method used to induce a state of semi-consciousness by administering specific types of drugs. You are awake but do not feel any pain. It is also known as twilight sleep because you don’t remember feeling any pain.

What is the difference between Sedation and General Anesthesia?

Both sedation and general anesthesia are methods to reduce pain and ensure comfort during a specific procedure.

During sedation, you are conscious and may fall into a light sleep, but during general anesthesia, you will enter a deep sleep and may require assistance with breathing.

While sedation can be performed in the dental office by a dental professional, general anesthesia requires hospitalization, highly skilled staff, and very close monitoring of your vital signs.

Indications for Sedation

Sedation is safe for all age ranges; even children can benefit from sedation. The categories eligible for sedation include:

  • Patients with dental phobia.
  • Patients with a phobia of needles.
  • Children and patients with special needs.
  • Patients with decreased sensitivity to local anesthesia.
  • Patients with a gag reflex.

Types of Sedation used in dentistry

The selection of the suitable sedation method depends on several factors, including the procedure duration, medical history, and your level of anxiety. Sedation types include:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through inhalation. The operator will adjust the gas dose, and then you will be asked to wear a mask or nosepiece and slowly inhale. The effect begins within 3 to 5 minutes. Once the dental procedure is completed, a high dose of oxygen is supplied to flush away the nitrous oxide.

The effect of nitrous oxide disappears immediately after its removal, and you can drive away safely. In general, sedation is not recommended during pregnancy as it may affect fetal development. But nitrous oxide may be used during the second trimester.

Oral sedation

The procedure involves sedation through oral pill ingestion. Examples of oral sedatives include diazepam and lorazepam. For children, a liquid sedative can be used, such as Midazolam oral syrup.

The effect begins after one hour. You will feel so calm that you may fall into a light sleep. You will need to arrange a drive home after your session because oral sedation may affect your motor skills and memory.

Intravenous sedation

It is the sturdiest type of dental sedation. It is administered intravenously. You will likely fall asleep and not remember anything about the procedure.

Your dentist will closely monitor your blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rate during the procedure. It is suitable for individuals experiencing severe anxiety or undergoing a lengthy treatment.

Sedation dentistry at Camden High Street Dental Practice

During your initial consultation visit, our dental experts will discuss the option of sedation if needed. They will collect a detailed medical history and the medications you are currently on. According to the gathered data, the most suitable method of sedation and the recommended dose of the drug used are selected.

You will be advised to refrain from consuming any food or beverages six hours before your dental treatment that requires sedation. Continue your medications as usual, except for blood thinners, which must be stopped before dental procedures involving bleeding, such as oral surgeries.

Once the sedative medication and local anesthesia kick-off, our professional dentists will start the necessary dental procedure while closely monitoring your vital signs.

After you complete your treatment, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. If the sedative you used was nitrous oxide, it is safe to drive after it wears off following oxygen administration.

Recovery after Sedation

Recovery after sedation depends on the type used.

Recovery after nitrous oxide takes around 15- 30 minutes after oxygen administration. You will be cognizant and all set to continue your daily activities and drive yourself home.

Recovery after oral and intra-venous sedation takes around 24 hours. You may feel a little dizzy. So, it would be better to arrange with someone you know to pick you up after you finish. You may need to rest a day at home before continuing your work and daily activities.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and water to flush the sedative drug from your system. Avoid alcohol.

It is better to start with soft food in the first few hours before eating normally. Follow the instructions of the performed dental procedure given to you concerning eating.

If you stopped any medications, such as blood thinners, continue to take them as usual.

Advantages of Sedation

  • Lowers Anxiety and fear.
  • Reduces gag sensation.
  • Increase comfort during lengthy dental procedures such as implants.
  • Painless dental procedures.
  • Fewer dental appointments because your dentist can perform more procedures while you are comfortable.

Complications of Sedation

Sedation is safe. However, some short-term complications may occur, such as

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Headache.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Bruising because of the IV needle.
  • Rarely, some allergic reactions may occur

Delaying a required dental procedure because of fear is never a solution. On the contrary, it may complicate the treatment. At Camden High Street Practice, we always care about your comfort. Discuss the most suitable sedative for you with our experts for an optimum dental experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sedation is not recommended during pregnancy as it may affect fetal development. In some cases, nitrous oxide can be used during the second trimester. 

If you had oral or intravenous sedation, you should rest for 24 hours. If you have nitrous oxide sedation, you can drive once released from the office.

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