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Sedation Dentistry Helps To Manage Sensitive Patients

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While the thought of more prominent and invasive dental procedures (such as a toothache or root canal) may cause patients some anxiety, there are ways to weather these procedures and make them more manageable.

But what is dental sedation, exactly? The process puts the patient into a semi-conscious state and very relaxed state (also known as "sleep sedation"). This type of sedation is done so that the patient can effectively "sleep" through the procedure, thereby reducing such sensations as awareness, anxiety, memory recall and pain. Simply put: It is harder to be anxious about a procedure that you cannot feel, much less remember.

Dental sedation can be triggered through the use of sedatives, such as those found within the Valium or Brevital family of medications. The sedatives are given before the procedure in order to create a relaxed environment during the dental treatment or induce anesthesia to ensure a deeper sleep.

The process of dental sedation is usually administered by a dentist during the appointment. During the procedure, the dentist will administer to correct medication amount to the patient in order for them to feel comfortable and relaxed quickly.

The procedure for sedation dentistry is an extremely safe process, as administered by an anesthesiologist. There are four levels of sleep dentistry that an anesthesiologist can administer to a patient:

* Minimal Sedation - The patient is awake but lucid and relaxed.
* Moderate Sedation - (otherwise known as "conscious sedation") - A patient remains awake but not cognizant of the procedure. Indications of moderate sedation include slurring of speech, and not retaining much memory of the procedure.
* Deep Sedation - The patient remains on the fringes of consciousness but can still be awakened relatively easy.
* General Anesthesia - The patient is completely "out" and unconscious.

These sedation types can be administered in a variety of different ways:

Deep sedation
General anesthesia
Intravenously (IV)

In addition to one of the above sedations, the patient will receive a local anesthetic to remove additional pain sensations while the dentist works on the mouth. This is great for almost any patient, though it is important to review and discuss the patient's prior medical history to ensure a smooth sedation procedure.

What you may not realize is that dental sedation is not always used for the more intensive procedures. Dental sedation is even used for more minor procedures such as teeth cleaning. It all depends on the patient's level of comfort in regards to dental procedures. For patients with a low pain threshold, sensitive teeth or an active gag reflex, this is an ideal solution to help weather through more complicated procedures.

The experienced staff at Cabrillo Family Dental Care is a proud part of Pacifica, California, serving our resident with the best dentists and hygienists that excel in quality sedation dentistry Pacifica has to offer. For that reason, take the time to make an appointment with us by giving Cabrillo Family Dental Care a call at (650) 359-1646, or by visiting our website at