Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for nervous people receiving dental treatment. It involves using a drug called Midazolam that makes you more relaxed and drowsy. This means that that you do not experience any stress and anxiety they while the dental procedure is taking place. Once treatment is complete you are then allowed home, with an escort as it will take eight to twelve hours for the effects of the drug to wear off.
Sedation dentistry has many great benefits for sufferers of dental phobia:
Most dental treatment can use sedation dentistry, allowing patients with different types of dental phobia to relax and not have to suffer the usual apprehension that they experience when visiting the dentist.
Patients that have conditions which make controlling their body movements difficult, such as Parkinson’s disease, and who have gag reflexes that make controlling their mouth stressful will benefit from sedation dentistry and the physical and mental relaxation that it gives to the patient.
For the dentist providing treatment sedation techniques help greatly as patients are more likely to co-operate fully with the dentist. It also reduces the treatment time and the number of appointments required, because more treatment can be provided in a single appointment.
The drug is extremely safe and much safer than a general anaesthetic. You will need someone to take you home as you will not be safe to drive until eight hours after the procedure is completed.