About Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is far more simple than most people think. Sedation dentistry uses specific mediation to assist patients with dental anxiety or issues with pain/discomfort while receiving dental care. Patients are usually awake for the entire experience which is broken into several different levels.
The different types of sedation include: Minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia.
Minimal Sedation – the patient is awake but relaxed as they undergo their dental procedure.
Moderate Sedation – a more common form of sedation which may cause you to slur your words and will most likely result in you not remembering much of the procedure.
Deep Sedation – places the patient on the edge of consciousness where they can still be awakened but will mostly unconscious during the procedure.
General Anesthesia – patients are completely unconscious during the entire process. This final category usually falls under the term general anesthesia. This is when medications put you in a deep sleep and you can not be easily awakened until the effects of the medication wear off or reversed.