It is scary for many when they think about a dentist treating their teeth. They would rather endure the searing pain of a toothache rather than stepping into a dentist’s office. This is a common issue for millions, especially kids because they think that the dentist is scary and painful. Not treating the teeth when necessary is not a solution. So, those who tend to avoid dentists should opt to see a sedation dentist in Perth that takes away the anxiety and panic from the patients.
From simple tooth cleaning to invasive procedures, sedation is useful for a variety of dentistry purposes. Perth has many dental clinics where sedation dentists in Perth inspect the condition of the patient before deciding the treatment. It involves using medicine that calms the patient down so that they can relax while the dentist performs the dental procedures. Many Perth residents also call it sleep dentistry. However, that is not accurate because patients don’t actually sleep during their treatment procedure.
A sedation dentist Perth may provide different levels of sedation depending on the patient’s condition.
• Minimal sedation – patients feel relaxed, but they are wide awake. Their brain feels lighter so that they don’t react much to the treatment.
• Moderate sedation – also known as conscious sedation, patients usually don’t remember what the Perth sedation dentist is doing in the chamber. They will slur while speaking. It is as if the patient is too drunk to feel conscious about what’s going on around him/her.
• Deep sedation – patients are still awake, but they are almost close to unconsciousness. They will hardly understand or feel anything during the treatment. Deep sedation is for patients who can’t stand even an ounce of pain during an invasive dental procedure or may be used by an Emergency dentist Perth. Uprooting a tooth is one of the treatments where a dentist in Perth may need to sedate the patient deeply.
• General anesthesia – the sedation dentist in Perth will completely sedate the patient so that he/she is unconscious. They will not feel or understand anything about the treatment. It is almost like experiencing the most comfortable sleep ever.
Safety of sedation dentistry
A highly experience sedation dentist in Perth will know which level of sedation to provide to the patient. General anesthesia is not a solution for everyone. It is easy to make a patient unconscious because he/she may not want to know what the dentist wants to do with their teeth as long as their problem goes away. But, experienced sedation dentists in Perth will advise against general anesthesia unless it is absolutely critical. In fact, patients with obstructive sleep apnea or obesity should consult the dentist before the sedation process. An emergency dentist Perth will also have to make educated decisions to ensure that sedation is the most appropriate solution.
Such patients will experience more complications later if they undergo general anesthesia. Qualified and experienced sedation dentists in Perth study the medical history of the patient before deciding the level of sedation. Patients, on the other hand, should make sure they do their part before the dentist sedates them.
• Ask about the appropriate dose of sedation that fits the health and age. Patients can also inquire about the recommended dose for sedation by the FDA.
• Don’t forget to show all the prescriptions, medical records, and test results before the oral treatment. Sedation dentists in Perth should know the medicines the patient is taking, their overall health condition, the previous condition of their teeth, and how they usually take care of their oral health.
• Patients should ask about the treatment that the sedation dentist Perth will perform. Once sedated, patients may not understand what the dentist is doing. So, it is best to know what they should expect once the treatment is complete.
Types of sedation
A sedation dentist in Perth may use different types of sedation according to the oral health condition. The sedative medication will quell the nerves and help the patient relax before the dentist begins his/her procedure. Although sedation may make the patient sleepy, it usually aims to make the patient unaware of the activities in their mouth. It makes the patient feel more tranquil, even if the dentist is performing invasive procedures. The type of sedation depends on the patient and the treatment. Usually, sedation and emergency dentists in Perth use three types of sedatives:
1. Inhalation of nitrous oxide
Most people relate nitrous oxide as laughing gas, but sedation dentists Perth widely use it for mild sedation. Patients need to inhale nitrous oxide through a mask before the treatment. The gas acts very fast in the body so that patients can feel peaceful. Many patients think that they will laugh throughout the time the dentist works on their teeth. That won’t happen. The dose is so mild that patients will only relax and not laugh hysterically.
Nitrous oxide usually calms the patient down before the treatment. They will have enough consciousness so that they can interact with the dentist. This type of sedation is for patients who require a relatively basic treatment. The nitrous oxide goes away from the body quickly so that patients don’t feel drowsy even after the dentist completes the procedure. Those who have minimal or modern anxiety during dental visits often find nitrous oxide very useful.
2. Conscious oral sedation
Another type of sedation that sedation dentists in Perth resort to is conscious oral sedation where patients take sedative medication. These medicines come in the form of tablets or pills that they need to swallow. Oral sedation medication is usually stronger than nitrous oxide. Although patients remain awake, they will feel drowsy even on the treatment table. It is comparatively tougher to interact with the dentist if the patient has oral sedation.
The effects of conscious oral sedation last much longer than nitrous oxide. Perth dentists usually suggest patients take the day off after the treatment is over. It is best for someone to drive the patient home because they will remain under the influence of the sedation medication at least for a few hours after the treatment. Most sedation or emergency dentists in Perth limit oral sedation to children so that their parents can take them home safely.
3. IV conscious sedation
This is the strongest sedative method that sedation dentists Perth undertake. Intravenous sedation acts faster than any of the other methods mentioned above. The dentist uses an IV drip that delivers sedation liquid. One of the benefits of using IV conscious sedation is the dentist can control the sedation level using the IV drip. If he/she feels the patient is feeling uncomfortable during the treatment, they will increase the dose. However, IV conscious sedation doesn’t make the patient unconscious, so they can still interact with the performing sedation or emergency dentist Perth.
The patient remains awake but doesn’t understand anything that’s going on around him/her. It is as if they are sleeping with their eyes open. The recovery period from an IV conscious sedation depends on the health condition of the patient. It is best not to drive or operate heavy machinery. Experienced sedation and emergency dentists in Perth, provide all the necessary safety precautions once the treatment is complete.
Dental sedation is highly effective when it comes to dealing with anxious patients who are afraid of anyone touching their teeth. Dentists often come across patients who need a comparatively uncomplicated treatment but don’t want to participate because they fear any pain.
But, with an experienced sedation dentist in Perth around, patients shouldn’t worry at all. They are aware of how patients usually react and the level of sedation they need. Many patients suggest dentists make them completely unconscious before touching their teeth. Well, that’s not how things work. The dentist will decide the sedation the patient needs and not the other way round, as a sedation dentist in Perth is well versed in all risks of sedation dentistry.
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