If you’re about to have a complicated dental procedure or you’re feeling anxious about going to the dentist then you may be considering sedation treatment. Sedation can make dental treatment much easier for you, but it isn’t right for everyone.
What is Dental Sedation?
A sedative is a type of medication that can help you to feel more relaxed. Unlike a general anaesthetic, a sedative won’t put you to sleep so you will still be awake during the treatment. However, you will feel drowsy and you probably won’t remember much of what happened. At Frays Dental in Uxbridge we offer sedation treatments for certain procedures or for anxious patients.
Who Should Consider Sedation Treatment?
There are two main reasons why you may want to consider sedation treatment.
The first reason is if you are having a long or complicated treatment that will be easier under sedation. Any patient who is having a treatment like this may be offered sedation. Your dentist might suggest sedation if you are having treatments such as wisdom tooth removal, a root canal, or other complex procedures. If the procedure is going to take a long time it can be easier for you if you are sedated.
The second reason is more personal. You might want to be sedated if you have any worries or other issues that could cause problems for you. Some people choose to be sedated because they have a very strong gag reflex, low pain threshold, difficulty keeping still or other issues that make it hard for them to undergo dental procedures. Other people opt for sedation to cope with anxiety. You might only need sedation for certain procedures such as treatments that require drilling, but if you have a severe dental phobia you might want to be sedated even during the examination.
Who Can Have Sedation Treatment?
Dental sedation can be a good option for complex procedures or patients who need some extra help to relax during treatment. However, sedatives aren’t suitable for everybody. We wouldn’t usually recommend taking any extra medication unless there is a good reason to do so. It is also important to be sure that you are fit and healthy enough to have a sedative.
Certain medical issues could increase the risk of complications under sedation, which could be very serious so your dentist will ask some questions about your health before deciding whether sedation treatment is the right option for you.
You might not be able to have dental sedation if you have a condition such as:
- Heart disease
- Lung or respiratory disease
- High blood pressure
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
However, every patient is different so you will need to discuss the options and your health with your dentist at Frays Dental in Uxbridge to find out if sedation is right for you. Different types of sedative are available and we can also help you to relax in other ways if you’re considering sedation treatment because of anxiety. It’s important for you to feel comfortable during your dental treatment, with or without a sedative.