Information About General Sedation
With sedation dentistry, medication is used to help patients stay relaxed throughout dental procedures. Sedation can also help prevent pain and reduce the ability to remember the procedure when it’s completed. Patients who are pain-intolerant and who have a fear of the dentist may benefit from general sedation.
According to Mayo Clinic, general sedation is “a combination of medications that put you in a sleep-like state” before your dental surgery. Under general sedation anesthesia, you don’t feel pain because you’re completely unconscious. General sedation anesthesia usually uses a combination of intravenous drugs (IV sedation) and inhaled gasses (anesthetics).
Who Might Benefit From General Sedation Dentistry?
If you have a high tolerance for medications used for IV sedation, you may need general sedation anesthesia for dental procedures. In rare cases, for extremely anxious individuals unable to cooperate when sedated, general sedation anesthesia may be used in order to successfully complete their dental procedures. For more painful or extensive dental procedures, general sedation may be the preferred option over sedation methods.