15% of the population suffers from dental phobic or fear of the dentist, according to the World Health Organization. If you are in that percentage of people you know that anxiety and fear of pain prevent be relaxed during the dental visit, and even paralyzes us and makes us resist, so the dentist difficult MOS work.
Conscious sedation is a very effective technique finished with this fear, as it provides a sense of peace and tranquility to the patient. It is done by inhaling nitrous oxide (known as “laughing gas”) applied through a nasal mask. Within minutes the patient experiences a pleasant feeling of relaxation, staying awake and aware at all times, so the dentist can respond and collaborate with him.
Children and people with intellectual disabilities
This type of sedation is especially recommended for people with fear and dental phobia in children and mentally ill or intellectually disabled.
With this technique patients maintain serenity throughout the session and reduce involuntary movements caused by fear and anxiety.
This sedative gas passing through the dental clinic is experienced as a positive experience. There are negative or traumatic memories of lived experience, which helps prevent the occurrence of dental phobias.
Another advantage of conscious sedation is rapid recovery of patients, within minutes of finishing treatment, can leave the office on their own. Nitrous gas acts quickly is easy to control and is deleted immediately after stopping inhalation.
Depending on the treatment to be performed, conscious sedation is accompanied by local anesthesia. Conscious sedation can be applied to perform professional dental prophylaxis or hygiene’s and seals, and more complex treatments such as root canals and extractions. This technique is also being used for highly complex processes, for example, when you have to place multiple implants during the same operation or remove several teeth in one session. There are other types of conscious sedation with drugs, such as midazolam, the administered intravenously an anesthetist doctor who monitors and controls the patient vital signs at all times.