Sedation dentistry offers numerous benefits for patients. Oral sedation focuses on the patient that is dealing with anxiety about going to the dentist; or the patient that is incapable of sitting for extended periods of time. Oral sedation is basically sedatives given to produce a calm, relaxed patient.
However, for more extensive or surgical procedures, the need for sleep sedation is most often necessitated.
Oral surgery is generally required for procedures such as the removal of impacted third molars (or any other impacted tooth); placing dental implants; correcting oral birth or congenital defects; facial repair due to trauma; surgery to correct jaw bone deficiencies or extreme cases of TMJ related problems (TMJ is the common term for temporomandibular joint, which is located on each side of the face just above the jaw in front of the ear); biopsy and follow up removal as needed for growths or tumors.
A consultation with an oral surgeon is generally required before any procedure that includes sedation. The health of the patient is reviewed along with all medications taken; any allergies the patient may have are discussed to safeguard against adverse reactions to anything dispensed.
On the day of the oral surgery appointment, the patient should arrive with reliable transportation to get back home. With intravenous anesthesia, the patient will be fairly groggy for several hours after the procedure is completed and unable to drive, return to work or school, or perform any function that requires alertness.
Depending on the procedure, the oral surgeon will deliver just enough anesthesia to complete the procedure. The patient is monitored continuously while under the surgeon’s care.
While the patient is sedated, the surgeon performs the procedure efficiently with the knowledge that the patient is comfortable and not feeling or hearing anything that is going on. The patient awakens from the procedure, and quite often has been given medication in some form to control discomfort. For the patient, they feel like they were out very briefly like a short nap.
Post-operative instructions should be carefully followed as they are issued for the comfort and speedy recovery for the patient. To learn more about sedation options, contact our experienced team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons and schedule your informative consultation today.