Dental treatments, especially oral surgery, usually strike fear and anxiety in patients. At times, we have to use sedation to relax the patients so that they don't experience any discomfort during the procedures.
Various types of sedation are usually used. Read below to know the most common types of sedation for oral surgery.
Types of Sedation For Oral Surgery
While local anesthesia is usually administered on the area to be treated so as to numb it, this does not count as a type of sedation. It is simply pain management, which we consider part of the treatment. Dental sedation is usually given so that you can be calm enough to go through the procedure. Here are some common types of dental sedation.
For oral sedation, you usually take the prescribed dosage before the surgery. Our clinic will give you directions on how to take the sedative. Mostly, it is taken the night before or an hour to the surgery. Oral sedation is usually recommended for patients with high levels of anxiety. You will be awake during the entire dental procedure, but you will be relaxed enough to go through with it. It is not uncommon for patients to have little recollection of the procedure after it is completed. You will, however, need someone to drive you home as the effects take time to wear off.
Laughing gas, nitrous oxide, can help you relax during oral surgery. It, however, wears off very quickly and you'll have to keep breathing it in through a nose apparatus. While laughing gas is usually enough to have most people sedated within 30 seconds, it is sometimes used in combination with oral sedation in other patients. The gas wears off soon after the procedure is complete, and you can drive yourself home.
There are two types of IV sedation. Twilight sedation where you remain conscious, but with little awareness of your surroundings, and general anesthesia where you become totally unconscious during the entire process. General anesthesia is rarely used and is mostly restricted to patients who don't respond to other types of sedation. The clinic will, however, have to constantly monitor your vital signs if they opt to use general anesthesia.
If you have any concerns or fears before your oral surgery, you can engage us before the day of the appointment. Our clinic will recommend sedation that is specifically suitable for your case. Your comfort is our priority. Talk to us today to schedule your appointment.