Having a form of sedation available during your dental appointment may be something you like to consider.
Dental sedation is a safe and efficient method for those patients who;
- may be anxious and afraid of the dentist (Dentophobia) sedation
- for patients who have sever gagging reflex
- those who’s jaws don’t open wide
- those who require extensive dental work and will be in the dental chair for long periods
- those who have low pain tolerance and sensitive teeth
By taking dental sedation, the dentist is able to carry out dental restorations and dental surgery more effectively.
Dental sedation aim is not specifically designed to send the patient to sleep. You will feel sleepy and drowsy and relaxed with the dental sedation.
A trained doctor in dentistry will conduct dental sedation. In addition of having a highly trained dentist to conduct the sedation, it is done in the comfort of the dental surgery. If you want to be put to sleep under General Aesthetic, then it can only be done at specific Dental Hospitals. For more information about GA in Thailand Hospital click here.
Dental phobia is a real and serious fear of the dentist. More than 53% of Australians have dental phobia. Serious dental fear has a direct link with poor oral health such as decayed, missing teeth and periodontal disease.
Types of Dental Sedation
Medications for dental sedation range from sedation/tranquilisers to anxiolytics, and as such can be administered in several manners. It’s sometimes called ‘Sleep Dentistry’ but to be 100% accurate, sleep dentistry is only achieved with General Anaesthesia – otherwise known as GA.
The levels of sedation are as follows;
Moderate: called conscious sedation. You are relaxed, awake and may slur your words when talking.
Deep: You are on the edge of being conscious and can be woken up easily.
Full General Anaesthesia: You’re 100% asleep and are awake after dental treatment has been completed.
Types of sedation used in dentistry
There are a number of sedation used with overseas dental surgeries;
Oral conscious sedation. Dosage given can vary and therefore oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, usually a pill is taken such as a class of drugs like Valium called sedative hypnotics. It produces calming effect. It is taken approximately one hour before the dental surgery, in the dental chair so you become relaxed.
Inhaled sedation. This is a minimal sedation technique. You breathe in ‘laughing gas’ otherwise known as nitrous oxide through a mask that is placed over your nose. The dentist can control how little or how high the gas is used as this method tends to wear off quickly.
Intravenous Sedation. Also better known as IV. It is administer through a vein. It works more quickly, provides you with the sensation of sleep but you remain conscious.
Local Anaesthetic. Is commonly used and it basically blocks localized pain signals. Localised pain signals in the actual area of the dental procedure. You are fully conscious but do not feel any pain whist the dentist is completing dental treatment.
General Anaesthetic is administering to patients who want to be put to sleep and wake up when all the treatments are completed.
Our team of dentists will discuss with you, the best method of sedation that is to be administered based on you’d comfort level. That way the best dental treatment can be completed for you.