There are several oral procedures that require sedation. The purpose of sedation is to make the procedures easier, improve results, and ease any discomfort. Sedatives are also used for non-invasive cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening. There are also some cases where sedation is used alongside general anesthesia, for instance, when conducting extensive surgical work. Therefore, to understand the role of sedation in our procedures, you need to know the different levels of sedation.
Different Levels of Sedation
In dentistry, there are different levels of sedation. Different levels are applied depending on the type and nature of the oral procedure. Minimal sedation is one level of sedation. In minimal sedation, the patient remains awake but will be in a more relaxed and comfortable state. Moderate sedation is the next level of sedation. In this one, the patient remains awake and is in a relaxed state of mind. However, they will have limited or memory of the procedure, making it extremely short and straightforward.
Any level of sedation used in our procedures is helpful and will help you undergo the process in a more relaxed and comfortable manner. Depending on the type of oral procedure you are undergoing, we will apply the required level of sedation.
Procedures that Could Need Sedation
There are several oral procedures that could need sedation. The most common one is tooth extraction. If your tooth needs extraction, we can combine sedation and general anesthesia to carry out a more comfortable procedure. We can also use sedation when installing new dental implants. Dental implants are dental appliances that are designed to replace your missing tooth. To make the installation process better, we will use sedation for comfort and relaxation. This underlines the importance and role of sedation. For more information on the role of sedation in dentistry, contact our offices.