Sedation Dentistry Houston Dentist
Sedation Dentistry refers to the way your dentist manages pain and anxiety during dental appointments. Unlike general anesthesia, where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under conscious sedation, are able to respond to commands and breath on their own.
Sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal command.
There are actually 14 different ways that sedation drugs can be administered. There are 2 ways that Sedation is administered in our dental office:
IV Sedation also known as Conscious Sedation is usually used by Oral Surgeons and Periodontists with specialized training and special certification. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not sedated enough, the doctor can administer more medication and the effects are instantaneous. IV Sedation is not used commonly in most dental offices because of the specialized advanced training required and the requirements for certification by the State Board of Dentistry. The drugs used for IV Sedation are more effective then the same drugs taken orally. There is a more profound amnesia associated with this technique.
Orally Administered Sedation is administered by taking a pill. All body functions remain normal and the patient is able to breathe on their own. The patient will often fall asleep, and some degree of amnesia is common. The disadvantage with this method of sedation, is that the level of sedation for each person is not predictable.
Please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to know if sedation dentistry is available for your procedure.