Deep sedation is a form of sedation that puts patients into a state of deep sleep. It is among the most common types of sedation used in dentistry when the patient needs to undergo extensive work or when the patient suffers from severe anxiety. When patients are under deep sedation, they are almost unconscious and cannot be easily aroused.
At Advanced Sedation Dentistry, we specialize in all forms of sedation and commonly use deep sedation to keep patients relaxed and stress-free.
How Does Deep Sedation Work?
Deep sedation is a controlled state of unconsciousness. Patients are not entirely unconscious, but they will not recall any procedures or treatment. Deep sedation is usually administered intravenously or by inhalation. Once patients have been sedated, they are monitored closely. However, there are often no additional or specific aftercare instructions.
The Benefits of Deep Sedation
It’s common for patients to feel anxious about dental work, and sedation dentistry alleviates that anxiety. Sedation dentistry allows you to relax throughout your entire dental procedure.
With sedation, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping through your appointment. You won’t remember much of what went on. Patients who undergo sedation dentistry also report experiencing less pain while undergoing dental procedures.
Patients who choose sedation dentistry commonly report feeling less anxious about their dental appointments, which can mean they miss fewer appointments. This, in turn, can result in better oral health and a lower risk of common dental issues like cavities and gum disease.
Gag Reflex Management
Sedation dentistry helps patients manage their gag reflexes during dental procedures. The gag reflex is the body’s natural reaction to something touching the back of the throat. This reflex is a protective mechanism that the body uses to prevent choking.
Many people become anxious or uncomfortable if the dentist touches the back of their mouth. The gag reflex kicks in response to this discomfort, so patients may gag or cough. This can make dental work very difficult and even risk a patient’s health.
When a patient suffers from dental anxiety, there can be a reluctance to seek treatment, which can delay needed procedures. With sedation dentistry, patients can safely and comfortably undergo their procedures in even less time than usual.
To learn more about deep sedation and its benefits, visit Advanced Sedation Dentistry in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake or call (757) 769-7155 to make your appointment.