If you have dental fear or dental phobia you can have Oral Sedation or General Anaesthetic.
Sedation is a commonly used procedure which involves the use of medication to relax the patient whilst undergoing dental treatment .There are several types of sedation which include oral sedation ,Intra Venous Sedation and Inhalation Sedation .
Sedation does not mean that the patient is asleep.What it does mean however is that the person is drowsy and relaxed but is stil aware of their surroundings.Plus it is useful for people who are afraid of the dentist are unlikely to cooperate or undergo treatment whilst they have this fear.Sedation will help them to relax and ensure that treatment progresses smoothly and efficiently.
If a person is not suitable for then the other option is a GENERAL ANAESTHETIC.
This means that the person is unconscious throughout the procedure and the effects will take several hours to wear off.
WHAT IS ORAL SEDATION ?
This form of sedation takes the form of a tablet or capsule which is taken by mouth.You are required to take this medication a few hours before your treatment so do not drive or drink alcohol during this time.Follow the instructions given by the dentist and ask someone to drive you home afterwards.You will find that you are very sleepy and remain in this state for several hours afterwards.Do not return to work until the following day.
EFFECTS OF ORAL SEDATION
This medication dampens down your senses so youwill have reduced reponses to pain, smells and sounds .They also cause a mild form of amnesia so you may not remember a great deal about your treatment.If you are taking any medication then mention this before being prescribed an oral sedative .Plus also mention if you have an allergy to certain types of medication.
Oral sedation is not suitable for every patient.
Most people are familiar with general anaesthesia which is useful ina range of treatments in both medicine and dentistry.It is administered to people who for a variety of reasons are unable to have sedation ora re about to undergo a complex procedure.
Children and teenagers often have a general anaesthetic for a dental procedure as this can ensure that the procedure passes without a hitch.
It is also an option for people with a dental phobia.
WHAT IS A GENERAL ANAESTHETIC?
This is a type of drug which when administrated renders the patient unconscious.This means that they are totally unaware of of their suroundings do not remember anything about their procedure .It is designed as a form of pain relief.Alternatives to this are local anaesthetic and sedation dentistry.
General anaesthesia was a common feature of dental treatment many years ago but is rarely used today.There are several reasons for that which includes a small risk of complications.
But general anaesthesia is very safe and is administrated under tightly controlled conditions bya qualified anaesthetist.