Anesthesia vs. Sedation

By May 22, 2013Blog

Dental visits have become more relaxing and comfortable with several new advances in pain relieving medications during the recent years. Some of these medicines will relax your muscles, dull the pain, and anxiety while others will put you into deep sleep so that your dental surgeon can carry out the procedure without you feeling any pain or having a memory of the procedure.

Painless Dental Procedure – General Anesthesia and Sleep Dentistry

Anesthesia dulls pains and anxiety. Usually, dental patients are given local anesthesia that relieves pain in all areas of the mouth without making the patient go to sleep.

If your doctor recommends sedation, you could be given moderate sedatives. For delivery of the sedative to your blood, your doctor could choose any of the three common methods of delivery such as inhalation, oral, and intravenous.

Sometimes, your dentist may recommend sleep dentistry to put your conscious to sleep temporarily.

As for sleep dentistry, the patient is completely asleep without being aware of what is happening around him or her. Although the patient would not really feel any pain at all, he would also not have any recollection of the procedure.

The anesthesia employed in sleep dentistry is similar to what is used in hospital surgery, which is why if a dental office is not equipped for sleep dentistry, the procedure will need to be taken to a hospital or outpatient facility.

The two practices may differ from one another but both share the same objective, which is to provide dental solutions to everyone, regardless of special needs or anything.

People who have physical and developmental disabilities are the ones who can benefit best from these practices. These people call for special needs and appropriate medical conditions, which are different from a normal person.

In terms of dental activities, these two innovative methods can better address their conditions.

What to ask your doctor before the procedure?

Dental procedures involve surgery. There is some risk involved in all surgical procedures. However, medical professionals administer anesthesia and sedation to thousands of patients each year without causing them any harm.

It is important that you play your role to ensure a safe procedure. Ask your doctor the following questions.

  • What is your qualification? Are you registered to provide the level of sedation for this procedure?
  • Are there any pre/post-sedation instructions to follow?

In addition to asking your dentist these questions, you also have the following responsibilities.

  • Provide your full medical history before the procedure.
  • Provide details of any medications that you may be taking at the time of surgery.
  • Tell your doctor about your pre-existing medical conditions, if any.
  • Discuss your previous experience with anesthesia with your doctor.

Aside from just checking on their license and certificates, it is still important to be guided with certain information that will lead you to an equipped and experienced dentist who would perform these revolutionary dental procedures. One of the reasons why these revolutionary methods were improvised were because treatment plans are always dependent on the needs and goals of the patient.

Your dentist will recommend one of these procedures depending on various factors such as your medical history, overall health, and your anxiety levels.

If your doctor feels that you may need a pain reliever after the procedure, you may have to take medication such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin. Sometimes, your doctor may have to suggest you a narcotic medication to control severe pain that could continue for some days after the procedure.

Play an active role

Play an active role in your dental health. If your dentist has recommended certain treatment, be sure to discuss the procedure and its outcomes. Learn about different treatment possibilities so that you and your doctor can reach the best decision together.

At 7 Day Dental, we offer all patients the highest quality of dental care without any compromise. Call us to find your best sedation dentists and sleep dentists.