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Every person responds differently to dental procedures.

Some take it easy and get through the procedure with no issues and apprehensions, but there are people who have anxiety and concerns about pain with dental procedures.

This anxiety can delay the treatment and can worsen the dental problem.

How does the dental industry deal with such issues?

Can you request to be put to sleep for dental work so that you will not feel the pain?

This post will focus on the principles involved in dental anesthesia for patients who need it.

What is Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is when the dentist administers a drug before or during your dental procedure.

It has different levels and is used to relax a person who may have anxiety, help with pain, or keep the patient still for the dental procedure.

The different types of dental sedation include:

  1. Intravenous Sedation or General Anesthesia

    dental sedation - Tiger Smile DentalThe medicine is administered intravenously and takes effect immediately.

    It can put you in varying stages of consciousness and will put you into a deep sleep until it wears off.

    There are other types of IV drugs that can put you into a “twilight sleep” where you are less aware of your surroundings, you might feel sleepy, and you might not remember much of the procedure when it’s over.

    This type of dental sedation is sometimes referred to by dentists as sleep dentistry.

    You should talk to your dentist about it before deciding that it is the best solution since it comes with more potential side effects.

  2. Gaseous Sedation With Nitrous Oxide

    A carefully calibrated mixture of nitrous oxide or laughing gas and oxygen is administered through a nose piece to relax you during the dental procedure.

    This type of sedation wears off quickly so you can normally drive yourself home after the procedure.

  3. Oral Sedation

    Oral sedation produces a light to moderate level of sedation.

    You will be asked to take a pill an hour before your appointment to help you relax during the dental procedure.

    You will be fully awake but less anxious, and you might feel a little sleepy until it wears off.

Why You Should Try Sleep Dentistry

sedation dentist - Tiger Smile DentalSleep dentistry is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety or dental phobia that is stopping them from visiting a dentist and undergoing a dental procedure.

If you are one of those who feels apprehensive, nervous, and afraid of seeing a dentist, you can consider easing your stress with sleep dentistry.


Here are some reasons dental patients choose sleep dentistry:

  • Manage anxiety

    When the uneasiness of seeing a dentist can make you uncomfortable with treatment, the risk of complications increases.

    Fear of dentists can be overwhelming and crippling and can cause you to panic if it is not controlled.

    This can result in dental trauma and the quality of treatment might be compromised. Hence, sleep dentistry can ensure comfort and a successful dental procedure.

  • Suppress Pain

    Major dental procedures like root canals, tooth removal, permanent dental, and implant installation cause real intensive pain.

    Some patients who are concerned about the pain these dental procedures cause or who have a low pain threshold cause requests for sedation.

    Sleep dentistry minimizes the pain during the entire procedure, especially for major dental procedures.

    Local anesthesia can work but sedation can work better for sensitive individuals and those who have medical conditions like anxiety and phobia that may hinder the success of the procedure.

  • Trigger Management

    Dental offices have many triggers that can cause unpleasant emotions.

    Some patients find it really hard to stay calm in a dental clinic.

    Sedation minimizes the impact of the triggers to prevent mishaps during the dental procedure.

  • Control Gag Reflex

    Dental check-ups and procedures can be uncomfortable if you have a sensitive gag reflex.

    Sleep dentistry can help you relax during the dental procedure and will paralyze the gagging response while you are receiving dental treatment.

  • Bear the Pain of Multiple Procedures

    When you are diagnosed with extensive dental damage needing multiple procedures, sleep dentistry can ease the fatigue of prolonged sessions on a dentist’s chair.

  • Hasten Dental Work

    Nervous reactions and fidgeting patients because of pain can prolong a dental procedure.

    With sleep dentistry, a dental procedure can be completed with efficiency because of less constant movement and complaints from the patient.

  • Vulnerable Conditions

    Sleep dentistry will not only be beneficial for those who have anxiety, but it has allowed the vulnerable members of society to receive proper dental care.

    It is an invaluable approach for those with sensory disorders such as autistic people.

How to Be a Smart Patient of Sleep Dentistry

sadation treatment - Tiger Smile DentalDental sedation is not for all dental patients.

But when your dentist recommends this for you, make sure that he or she is trained and qualified to administer the type of dental sedation you will be given.



Here are the things that should be done by your dentist who will be administering the sedation during your dental procedure:

  1. Your dentist should go over your medical history before suggesting and administering sedation to determine if you are a qualified candidate.
  2. Know if the dose of the sedative is appropriate for your age and health and if it is within the recommended dose by the FDA.
  3. Find out how much training your dentist has on sleep dentistry and how many procedures he or she has performed using sedation. The more, the better.
  4. Your dentist should provide a form detailing the risk of the procedure. Go over it carefully and ask questions for unclear statements.
  5. Your dentist should monitor your vital signs during the procedure following the American Dental Association’s guidelines. The dental clinic should also be equipped with oxygen, artificial ventilation, and drugs that could reverse the effects of sedation if needed.

Can I Request Anesthesia with My Dentist?

The answer is a definite YES!

You can relax in a dentist’s chair and get the dental treatment that you need.

Your dentist should be able to explain and assist you throughout the process of sedation until it is time to wake you up after he or she completes your dental care.

You should also be given specific instructions to follow before and after your dental procedure with sedation.

To know more about dental sedation, give us a call at Tiger Smile Family Dentistry.

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Tiger Smile Family Dentistry offers a variety of dental care services and treatments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Led by Dr. Cecilia L. Luong, her team of dentists have been assisting clients with different teeth, gum, and mouth problems.

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