Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow for the patient to be awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.
Sedation dentistry is popular because most sedatives can be taken orally, meaning no injections, anxiety or pain. Some sedatives work so well that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recognized afterwards.
Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:
- Anxiety is alleviated
- More can be accomplished during each visit
- No pain
- Perfectly safe
- Procedures seem to take less time