What is Dental Treatment with Sedation?
Sedation dentistry is a method of anaesthesia that allows the patient to reduce consciousness without losing the ability to respond appropriately to stimuli and to respond positively to the dentist’s verbal commands and prompts, contributing positively to the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of treatment.
Many people delay dental problems that need timely treatment because of fear of the dentist, which makes treatment more difficult. With sedation, it is possible to perform dental treatments easily and without fear.
In this application, which is mainly used for anxious children, a type of medication is administered to relax the person or make them sleepy. With this additional treatment, which is called conscious sedation, the person can react to sounds and stimuli.
There are the following types of conscious sedation:
By gas inhalation
By taking syrup or tablets by mouth
By injection (needle)
Nitric oxide gas
For anxious, nervous children and adults, nitric oxide (laughing gas) is administered through a mask worn over the nose to make dental procedures comfortable and safe. The effects are minor, the person is in contact with the dentist. When the gas is turned off, the effect wears off quickly and the nose should not be blocked for effective inhalation.
By oral intake of medication
In extremely anxious patients, nitrous oxide may not be sufficient; in such cases sedation is achieved by taking oral medication. The sedated patient is drowsy but can be easily awakened. At the end of the treatment, the patient is kept under rest and observation in the observation room for a while.
General anaesthesia may be required if sedation is not sufficient, if sedation and relaxation cannot be achieved, if there is a problem in the person’s communication with the doctor, if only one and long treatment is required.
What are the requirements for treatment with sedation or general anaesthesia?
To perform sedation or general anaesthesia, a suitable treatment room (sterile or semi-sterile), an anaesthetist, a dentist, an observation room and the necessary equipment are required.
Advantages of Sedation
Provides more comfort for patients with special needs
Rehabilitation after the procedure
Elimination of old trauma caused by dental treatment
Less use of local anaesthesia
Stress reduction before a surgical dental procedure;
Saves time during the procedure
Provides benefits such as less use of local anaesthesia.