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Being Sedated During Implant Placement

Conscious dental sedation allows, through the administration of intravenous drugs, to obtain a state of relaxation and tranquility on the part of the patient. This contributes to the patient undergoing a complete treatment without discomfort. It also provides the dentist with complete freedom to carry out the dental procedure.

The different types of sedation in dentistry

  • Intravenous sedation is the procedure by which drugs are administered that depress the central nervous system intravenously with the aim of reducing the psychic and/or motor unrest in patients.
  • Conscious sedation: A minimum level of consciousness is achieved. This allows the patient to maintain the integrity of his or her breathing independently and to continue responding to physical or verbal stimuli reasonably. Conscious sedation is necessary for patients with very little time available since the number of sessions that would be necessary for dental implant treatment or other dental treatments is drastically eliminated.
  • Deep sedation is a controlled state of consciousness that involves the partial loss of protective airway reflexes (the ability to breathe and respond to physical and verbal stimuli).
  • Combined conscious sedation is obtained using a simultaneous administration of enteral drugs and sedatives.
  • Minimum sedation is an induced state where the patient normally responds to stimuli, but their cognitive function and coordination are diminished. They are, however, aware of everything that happens around them.
  • Moderate analgesia allows the patient to respond adequately to orders and is aware of what is happening around him or her.
  • DeepProfound analgesia: A state, induced by drugs, that may prevent the individual from answering vocally but will allow them to respond to physical stimulation. In this case, the patient may require assistance to maintain their airway and breathing and this type of sedation is applied by an anesthesiologist.

Advantages of sedation for dental implants

Many people fear extensive dental treatments and, thus, may decide to ignore treatment. Sedation dentistry eliminates this anxiety and fear. The dentist can also keep the patient more stable and relaxed during the process.

It can provide dental clinics with the ability to carry out all treatments in a single session. Finally, the recovery and the postoperative result is better. For more information, read more about this here.