Twilight sedation is essentially a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. For twilight sedation at Advanced Sedation Dentistry, the patient is given anesthetic medication to numb a specific area of the body and a sedative to make them sleepy while remaining aware and receptive.
The sedative induces a deep state of mental and physical calm, but patients are never entirely unconscious. This means patients can feel pressure and movement in the area where local anesthesia was provided, not pain. Twilight sedation is also known as local sedation.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Twilight Sedation?
The following types of patients are suitable candidates for twilight sedation:
- Patients who have difficulty keeping their jaws open
- Patients who have a strong gag reflex
- Patients who require extensive treatment
Treatment for these individuals will be substantially more comfortable when sedated, making it easier for the dentist to complete their treatment.
What Dental Procedures Is Sedation Suitable For?
Local anesthetic is typically used to numb the region during procedures that last only a short time, such as dental cleaning and fillings. Twilight sedation, on the other hand, is suitable for managing very apprehensive patients during extractions, root canals, implant operations, soft tissue surgeries, or cosmetic veneer preparation. It enables the dentist to do the necessary procedure without the patient feeling any pain, tension, or discomfort.
Compared to other forms of sedation, twilight sedation is considered moderate. It is also safe and can be used on patients of various ages.
Twilight Sedation vs. General Anesthesia
The distinction between general anesthesia and twilight sedation is the patient's state of consciousness. General anesthesia induces a deep state of sleep, rendering patients entirely unconscious. General anesthesia causes a loss of control over reflexes and the autonomic nervous system.
Twilight anesthesia keeps the patient semi-conscious and breathing on their own. No ventilators are required with this type of sedation.
The Benefits of Twilight Sedation
Here are some of the most significant benefits of twilight sedation for patients:
- Recovery time is reduced.
- Throughout the procedure, the patient stays aware.
- During the operation, the patient can easily follow simple directions such as opening and closing the mouth, tilting the head to one side, and so on.
- The patient feels no anxiety from when the anesthesia is administered until it wears off. Twilight anesthesia is safe and FDA-authorized.
- Does not leave patients with a negative impression of the procedure.
To discover more about twilight sedation and see if it's a good option for you to overcome your phobia of visiting the dentist, visit Advanced Sedation Dentistry or call (757) 769-7155 to schedule an appointment.