Sedation dentistry or conscious sedation refers to the use of pharmacological medication to calm, relax and block pain for a patient prior to and during a dental procedure. The pharmacological medications typically belong to a class of drugs called sedatives. Sedatives are a substance that induces sedation; decreasing anxiety, fear, and excitement.
Sedation dentistry provides a safe and comfortable means for apprehensive patients to get the dental care they need. Sedation dentistry has become very popular because it offers many benefits for both the patient and the dentist. Our office provides four levels of sedation. We can discuss which level best fulfills your needs. Typically, patients who benefit include:
- Medically compromised
- Dentally apprehensive
- Patients with a severe gag reflex
- Patients who need to undergo lengthy procedures
- High fear
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are three types of sedation dentistry used to treat different levels of dental anxiety, each putting you in state of relaxation:
Light Sedation – With light sedation, you are relaxed while remaining awake and alert. Most patients are able to operate machinery following your dental appointment with this method.
Moderate Sedation – You will remain conscious during the procedure, but most likely you won’t remember much about it. While you’re able to communicate, you may feel groggy and slur your words. Some patients do fall asleep with moderate sedation but can be easily woken back up.
Deep Sedation – This method renders you either semi- or completely unconscious during your dental procedure and does not usually fall under the category of conscious sedation. You will not regain consciousness until the drug wears off or is reversed, and recovery time takes longer.
Most forms of conscious sedation are considered “light” or “moderate” sedation. Surprisingly, conscious sedation is also referred to as sleep dentistry even though you remain awake during the procedure.
Sedation Dentistry in South Jersey
Dr. Alan Meltzer offers four options of administering sedation for his patients at Advanced Oral Specialty Group in Voorhees, Cherry Hill, Camden, Lindenwold and other surrounding New Jersey areas:
Dr. Meltzer has more than three decades of experience and has performed over 15,000 dental procedures. Dr. Meltzer’s training and dual board certifications attest to his knowledge and training, his reputation is based upon his outstanding clinical skill and patient care. To learn more about Dr. Meltzer, or to request an appointment contact our office at (856) 772-9444 or fill out our online contact form.