It is very common for people to have fear or feel nervous about visiting their dentist. Sedation dentistry is helpful for people that experience high levels of anxiety during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry makes you feel very relaxed during your visit. It is also used for longer procedures, including dental surgery and wisdom tooth extraction. Your dentist can provide “conscious sedation” or general anesthesia.
Conscious sedation uses medications that allow you to be very relaxed, yet awake and responsive. General anesthesia medications create a deep sleep-like state. Sedative medications are frequently used with pain-relieving medications.
It is very important to tell your doctor if you consume alcohol or use illegal street drugs. It is also very important to tell your doctor if you have experienced a neurological disorder, such as a traumatic brain injury or a stroke. Your doctor needs to consider all of this information when selecting and dosing the appropriate medication for you.
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