Sedation Dentistry, Conscious Sedation, Relaxation Dentistry, Temple Texas Dentist Stuart A Greene

Sedation Dentistry

"There is more and more news about "sedation dentistry" and all its benefits. But what does all of this actually mean? 
This type of sedation has existed for decades. The new resurgence in the media (you've all heard the ads) is a marketing gem by a dentist in the northeast. He began a new dental organization and teaches courses on how to safely administer the medications, market and churn out as many cases as possible. This is a service that has been available thru this office for the past 20+ years. "
"Very simply take a pill or get VERY relaxed........and your dentistry
 can be performed in more psychological comfort than being fully "awake" "

Maury Hafernik Austin Texas

There are 2 primary kinds of Sedation used in Dentistry "Dental Sedation":
  1.  Unconscious Sedation - This is most commonly referred to as 'general  anesthesia' and is usually used in a hospital and administered by an anesthesiologist. The reason that it is referred to as 'unconscious sedation' is because the patient is completely unconscious; the muscles stop working and the anesthesiologist requires machines in the operating room to breathe for the patient.
  2.  Conscious Sedation -In "Sedation Dentistry" all body functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own.

With this type of sedation there is a  state of very deep relaxation. You can still speak and respond to the requests of others.

 This type of sedation medication used for Sedation Dentistry "Conscious Sedation" has an amnesic effect for some patients and they will remember virtually nothing about their dental appointment.

 There are 2 common forms of  "conscious sedation":

  1.   I.V. (intravenous) Sedation- administered in a dental office; this uses medications administered directly into the persons blood stream. The advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not as "deep" as the doctor would like them to be more medication can be given and the effects are instantaneous. 
  2.  Oral Sedation (Sedation Dentistry)- administered  in the form of a pill or liquid; the patient swallows the medication. The disadvantage with this method is that the level of sedation for each person is not as predictable.   The reasons for the difference between patients are related to body weight, genetics, previous drug history, which may increase or decrease the amount of actual sedation a person experiences. Since it is swallowed, there is a time delay between the time the medication is taken and it actually causes sedation. Sedation dentistry is "orally administered sedation". 
There are Advantages to Oral Sedation:
  • The patient has the advantage of sedation and at the same time does not have the fees associated with an I.V. sedation.
  • It is much easier to administer by mouth than by I.V. 
  • It is generally safer and easier to monitor
  • Almost all people respond very favorably to orally administered sedation.

What are the oral medications used?

  • The most common drug is Halcion (also known as triazolam); it is very closely related to Valium chemically. The differences are that with Halcion there is a much deeper relaxation and amnesia effect than there is with Valium.
  • For children the most common drug is Versed (also known as Medazolan). 
Source for Sedation Dentistry Overview: Sedation Dentistry Maury Hafernik DDS

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