Information about Sedation Dentistry in Hudson, WI
Oral hygiene and dental care are essential to the body’s health. We want to ensure that your child gets the treatment they need – without the anxiety they would normally feel during a visit. Sleep sedation is a safe, comfortable way to have their teeth cared for. With sedation dentistry, as it’s commonly called, they won’t feel any pain or discomfort – in fact, they might not even remember the treatment they’ve received!
However, sleep sedation is not like general anesthesia, which is extreme and unnecessary for lesser dental procedures. Also referred to as “oral conscious sedation,” the child is given a “juice” by our staff an hour before their appointment. Their heart rate and breathing levels are carefully monitored throughout the entire procedure. Before you know it, they’ll be ready to go home – with a healthy mouth and a bright smile!
What is Conscious Sedation?
Conscious Sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal command and that is produced by pharmacological or nonpharmacologic method or combination thereof.
Sedation Dentistry, sometimes called Relaxation Dentistry, refers to the way dentists manage Pain and Anxiety during dental appointments. Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under Conscious Sedation, are able to respond to commands and breath on their own.
There are several ways that sedation drugs can be administered. Our in-office sedation is administered in the orally.
Enteral Conscious Sedation “Orally Administered Sedation“, sometimes called “Sedation Dentistry” is administered by drinking a medicine “juice”. All body functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. The patient will often fall asleep. Some degree of amnesia is common. The disadvantage with this method of sedation, is that the level of sedation for each person is not predictable. Compliance of child is required to drink the medicine.
Oral Conscious Sedation and Inhalation Sedation
With oral (enteral) conscious sedation and inhalation conscious sedation, the patient will experience a state of very deep relaxation. You can still speak and respond to the requests of others.
This oral medication used for oral conscious sedation in dentistry are from a group of drugs known as Benzodiazapines. Not only do these medications have a sedative effect they also have some degree of amnesic effect for most people. Patients remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.
Advantages to Dental Oral Sedation:
- Easy to administer: Swallow the medicine
- It is safe and easy to monitor
- Works well for most people
- Low Cost
Disadvantages to Dental Oral Sedation:
- The level of Sedation is not easily changed
- Someone must monitor child in the backseat while driving from the office
- There is no analgesic (pain relief effect)
What medications are used for Dental Oral Sedation?
The most common medication is Halcion/(triazolam). Halcion provides a deep level of relaxation and amnesia effect. For children the most common medication is Versed (Medazolan) which is a liquid. Several options of medication can be used and sometimes in combination. For example: Desyrel and chloral hydrate to name a few.
Advantages or Dental Inhalation Sedation:
- Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
- Rapid onset
- Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
- Absolute control. It is easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment.
- People recover quickly
- There is an analgesic effect
Disadvantages of Dental Inhalation Sedation:
- Severe anxiety may require a deeper level of sedation
- Not indicated for people who have respiratory problems (Asthma and Emphysema)
- Claustrophobic patients do not like anything covering their nose
What medications are used for dental inhalation sedation?
- Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
- Oxygen (O2)
The safety features of the machine insure a patient receives no less than 30% Oxygen mixed with Nitrous Oxide. Usually the patient receives 50 to 70% Oxygen.
For more information on Sedation Dentistry in the Hudson, WI area call La Petite Dentistry at 855-LAPETITE (855-527-3848) today!