Many people have an innate fear of dental procedures. Often, these people have had bad experiences ranging from pain to poor handling. There are several forms of sedation dentistry available to help ease a patient’s stress and make the entire dental experience more pleasant.
Bayview Dental Claremont in Perth can help you choose from several sedation options and find the method that best meets your needs. Discussing your particular concerns and fears with a dentist will help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of each form of sedation.
One type of sedation dentistry is oral medication, or “pill.” A mild sedative is given in pill form, and the patient receives a feeling of relaxation after the drug begins to work. The advantage to oral sedation is that it is the mildest form of sedation and well-tolerated by almost everyone. The drawback is that it is the weakest form of sedation, and may not relieve all pain, stress, and anxiety.
The final option for sedation dentistry is intravenous, or IV, sedation. This is the most effective form of sedation, and also the one with the longest-lasting effectiveness. While IV sedation can be controlled to keep you conscious throughout the procedure, it is sometimes better to keep the patient “under” to completely relieve pain or fear. If you are sedated by IV, you will probably have some lingering side effects for several hours.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Warning: not everyone may be suitable for this treatment and any oral appliance carries risks of treatment.