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  • Dental Sedation Methods in Depth

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    We recently discussed anxiety in dentistry and the options to provide anxiety relief in the dental clinic. In this article, we’ll describe the methods in greater detail and discuss which types of procedures would be suitable for the form of sedation available.

    The most common medications we use for light sedation are Diazepam (Valium) and Penthrox (Methoxyflurane). Valium falls under the medication class of “benzodiazepines” and has been used safely for over 50 years.

  • Sedation Dentistry

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    Sedation dentistry is used when a patient is anxious or nervous about a dental procedure. There are a variety of methods to produce an effect of sedation dentistry. Mild sedation which may involve guided self-administered inhalation and tablets. There are more marked sedation methods which include nitrous oxide (traditionally known as laughing gas) and sleep dentistry which is administered by a trained specialist in the dental chair. Sometimes, we recommend general anaesthetic and hospitalisation for some forms of treatment (i.e. complicated extraction of wisdom teeth and or other surgical procedures).

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