- A low threshold for pain
- An inability to sit still in the dentist’s chair
- Sensitive teeth or a pronounced gag reflex
- Dental phobia or anxiety
- Medical conditions aggravated by stress such as angina, asthma, or epilepsy
Kinds of Sedation AvailableThe following types of sedation are used in dentistry:
- Inhaled Sedation: This is the most frequently used form of sedation and involves breathing nitrous oxide combined with oxygen through a mask placed over the client’s nose. The gas helps clients relax, putting them into a semi-conscious state. This form tends to wear off quickly, allowing patients to drive themselves home after the procedure once they have waited for a short period.
- Oral Sedation: Typically, this form of sedation entails taking a pill similar to Valium an hour or so before the procedure. Clients stay awake as they do with inhaled sedation but are semi-conscious.
- IV Sedation: This kind of sedation involves getting the sedative through one’s veins. The benefit is that the drug works more quickly. However, this is not a good option for individuals with fears of needles or without the ability to control their body enough to stay still during their procedure.
- Deep Sedation: With this kind of sedation, clients are made almost unconscious or totally unconscious to undergo their procedure. While under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects wear off or are reversed with medication. This form of sedation requires clients to have someone take care of them after the procedure, as they will be too groggy to drive on their own.