What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, involves the use of sedative drugs to decrease conscious awareness.
This decrease in conscious awareness can range from minimal (where anxiety is reduced, but the patient can still readily respond), to moderate (where the patient is even more relaxed, but can respond to intentional stimulation), to deep sedation (where the patient is not conscious and unresponsive).
The varying degrees of decrease in conscious awareness can be achieved by consuming the sedative orally, or by receiving the drug (or series of drugs) intravenously into a vein.
There are many patients who exhibit varying degrees of apprehension to undergoing dental procedures, and dental sedation is a great option to allow them to receive the care they need while being comfortable. In addition, dental sedation can help control patients with a sensitive gag reflex and can sometimes induce amnesia so that there is little or no memory of the dental procedure.
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