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Sedation is the process of using painkillers and relaxants together to eliminate pain, anxiety, and fear that may arise during dental treatments. In short, it is a deep sleep state.

What is the difference between sedation and general anesthesia?
During sedation, the patient continues to breathe normally. In general anesthesia, however, breathing is performed through tubes connected to devices that blow air into the lungs, a process called intubation. The muscle relaxants given through intravenous injection for intubation can cause delayed awakening. With sedation, the patient can recover very quickly after the procedure is over. No drugs enter the systemic circulation through the blood, and the patient is only sedated with gas (by inhaling it). It is a very comfortable and easily applicable method for patients.

Is there a risk associated with sedation?
Sedation is a very safe treatment method. However, depending on the drugs used, there may be side effects or allergic reactions. These side effects are easily managed and quickly resolved by a team of experts. The chances of encountering such side effects are lower than those of general anesthesia.

Who is eligible for sedation?
Sedation can be used for all patients, including those with dental phobia, needle phobia, and those who want to complete lengthy procedures in a single session. It can also be used for patients who cannot receive dental treatment due to nausea, vomiting, or gag reflex, as well as for children, adults, healthy individuals, and those with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Dental sedation is the process of using medication to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures.

There are several types of dental sedation, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (pill form), and intravenous (IV) sedation.

Dental sedation can benefit patients who experience anxiety, fear, or discomfort during dental procedures, as well as those with a sensitive gag reflex, difficulty getting numb, or who need extensive or lengthy dental treatments.

Yes, dental sedation is safe when administered by a trained and experienced dental professional.

Conscious sedation is a type of dental sedation where the patient is able to respond to verbal commands and breathe on their own. General anesthesia, on the other hand, is a deeper level of sedation where the patient is completely unconscious and requires breathing assistance.

With conscious sedation, you will not be completely asleep, but you will be in a relaxed and drowsy state.