A Brand New Bright Smile through Painless Dentistry

A Brand New Bright Smile through Painless Dentistry

Jun 10

Pain and discomfort are the two major factors that have kept so many individuals from visiting or keeping their appointment with dentists. Thus, despite all efforts to increase patient comfort, dental treatment is one necessary health care, but which many often avoid.

Well, there is great news for all those who need or want to undergo dental treatment nowadays: Painless Dentistry!

An absolutely safe procedure, painless dentistry, also called sedation dentistry, is a kind of dental treatment where a patient is calmed (through the use of mild forms of sedation) before performing a dental procedure.  To help relieve patient anxiety, the area that needs to be treated it numbed so that the patient will not feel the work of the dentist and hygienists. The procedure would have been completed by the time the sedation wears off.  There are varying levels of sedation in painless dentistry:

  • Minimal Sedation. Though the patient is awake, he/she will feel calm.
  • Moderate Sedation. The patient may be awake, but not fully aware.
  • Deep Sedation. The patient is slightly conscious.
  • General Anesthesia. The patient is completely unconscious

Sedation dentistry has actually been practiced by dentists for many years; new techniques, however, has expanded its application, allowing it to be used even for simple treatments, like teeth cleaning. The calming and numbing effects of sedation have also proven an effective antidote even for people who cannot bear the thought of being in the dentist’s chair.

Administering sedation may be done through the following means:

  • Inhaled – this is done through the use of a breathing mask.
  • Oral – a pill that comes in a variety of strengths is given to a patient. This will make a patient feel groggy so that he/she would be asleep during the procedure.
  • IV – IV sedation is administered through an IV drip and it takes effect almost immediately. The dentist can continually monitor and adjust the dosage if necessary.

Sedation is typically used with a topical anesthetic, to numb the area that needs to be treated. When these two are used, dentistry can become totally painless.

According to Babylon Dental Care, in sedating a patient, Nitrous oxide (also referred to as “sweet air”) may be used. The American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses (AAMSN), however, makes the reminder that though sedation is extremely safe, it should only be administered by qualified providers, like Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), anesthesiologists, other physicians, dentists, and oral surgeons; trained Registered Nurses may also assist in the administration of (conscious) sedation.

Sedation dentistry is for patients who are very fearful or anxious of getting dental work completed. Conscious sedation allows them to fall asleep during treatment the dentist performs the treatment(s). A board certified anesthesiologist is available to administer IV sedation. When they wake up, they can enjoy a brand new smile!