Oral surgery is invasive and time consuming. Therefore, you may need to sleep during the dental procedure. Your specialist will give you general anesthesia to prevent pain and provide comfort. When you are put under general anesthesia, you will be unconscious and will not remember anything after oral surgery.
General anesthesia is the only true sleep dentistry option. Under general anesthesia, patients remain completely unconscious throughout the treatment process. This ensures total comfort and relaxation, even during the most advanced oral surgery. For your safety, your vital signs will be closely monitored throughout treatment, and if you are at greater risk of complications, we may recommend that you have the procedure performed in a hospital.
When you think of “going to sleep” for surgery, this is general anesthesia. This type of anesthesia uses intravenous sedatives, such as intravenous sedation, but it produces a deeper anesthesia experience without recalling the actual procedure. This method is generally used for more intensive procedures, such as the removal of an impacted wisdom tooth, the placement of dental implants, or any larger oral surgical procedure. You should not require sedation for tooth extraction.
Before a tooth is extracted, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will indicate the post-extraction regimen; in most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal. Avoid anything that could prevent normal healing. It's generally best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously or to drink through a straw for 24 hours.
These activities may dislodge the clot and delay healing. Oral sedation uses an oral medication (a tablet or a pill) at a specific time before seeing the dentist to produce sedation. Patients typically fall asleep after taking these medications and stay asleep during their dental procedures. Oral sedation falls under the classification of “conscious sedation” because, while the patient is sleeping, he is still able to respond to instructions, walk, talk, etc.
In reality, intravenous sedation is safer than oral sedation because the administrator can adjust or adjust the level of sedation throughout the procedure to make patients as comfortable as possible. To schedule a consultation on dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, or any other oral procedure, contact WHO Nashville today. For those patients who want to improve their comfort during oral surgery, but don't necessarily need full anesthesia, there are other, milder forms of sedation. All oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained in all aspects of administering anesthesia, so patients have nothing to worry about.
You can also use oral, conscious, or intravenous sedatives to achieve a deeper level of relaxation without being completely unconscious during treatments. If you need to sleep fully during the procedure, oral surgeons can usually help. Before starting your surgical treatment plan, your oral surgeon will discuss your options, explain the benefits and potential drawbacks, and help you find the best sedative option. Dentists use several medications for oral sedation, and providing your dentist with a complete medical history will help you choose the right medication for your sedation appointment.
To ensure total comfort and safety during these advanced surgical procedures, most oral surgeons offer a wide range of dental sedative options, from the mildest nitrous oxide to general anesthesia. The effect of oral sedation is less predictable than that of intravenous sedation due to the various metabolic processes that the drug undergoes in the body. The oral medication method generally requires patients to take anti-anxiety pills, such as Valium, Halcion, or Ativan, to achieve conscious sedation. Oral sedation has a slightly higher risk than nitrous oxide because all sedative medications depress the body's natural breathing reflex.