Should we be scared of sedation?

For those who do not know much about the procedure, sedation can be daunting. However, that does not need to be the case. Dental anaesthesiologists have trained for years to administer anaesthesia to both children and adults. Before before a patient is sedated, the medical history is reviewed to ensure that a safe and secure plan is implemented.  

Sedation is sometimes looked to as a solution for those who suffer from dental anxiety, as it can be used by dentists to enable them to carry out dental procedures such as dental surgery on patients in a stress-free way. Sedation can also help patients to overcome their fear of visiting the dentist. If you do suffer from dental anxiety, ask your dentist about your options for sedation. Sedation involves administering medication which then puts the patient in a very relaxed state while carrying out the surgery. During the treatment, the patient is carefully monitored throughout.

Some of the key benefits of dental sedation: 

Saves time for both the patient and dentist, as sedation allows more than one treatment to be completed in one appointment. 

Sedation enables the patient to experience a calm and pain-free appointment, especially for those who suffer with dental anxiety. 

Even for patients without dental phobia, sedation is a useful option for treatments that can be painful or lengthy. 

For patients who have difficulty in controlling their body movements, sedation dentistry and its impact on physical and mental relaxation, is a good option.

Sedation is an important procedure because it can prevent dental phobia, which in itself stops people from visiting the dentist and that can lead to problems such as dental disease and pain, which can result in emergency surgery.

Sedation is also beneficial in some surgical procedures as it makes the surgery easier to perform and allows more than one surgery to be performed during one appointment. However, sedation is not suited to everybody. For instance, sedation should not be administered to people who have obstructive sleep apnea, those who are taking some medications, and those with a history of allergic reactions to medication. 

Sedation can be administered via intravenous (IV) sedation, where a sedative is injected into the vein, or it can be administered orally, whereby the patient breathes in a sedative gas via a mask that is placed over the nose and mouth.

Although sedation is widely used, as with any procedure, receiving anaesthesia comes with risks. However, when administered by an experienced dentist, you can feel confident that the treatment will be carried out as safely as possible. If you have any anxieties about the procedure, you will have time to ask your dentist about their experience, such as how many times they have performed the procedure, and anything else that you think will help you to feel relaxed. It is also important to remember to ask your dentist how you should prepare for your treatment, such as when you are able to eat or drink before the surgery, and ask for instructions on what to do after your treatment.

Whenever you have doubts or concerns, just ask The Mall Stockport for the reassurance you deserve.