Sedation for routine or complex treatment is an option available to patients by specially trained dental specialists. Surgeons are able to perform many types of treatments, such as impacted wisdom teeth, multiple dental implants, bone grafting, sinus lifts or tumor extractions, while sedating their patients in an office setting. Sedation in dentistry could be indicated for several reasons to treat:
- Patients with dental treatment anxiety
- Patients with cognitive impairment or certain motor dysfunction
- Patients with gag reflex
- Young children
- Patients undergoing traumatic or lengthy dental procedures
Having trained in a 5 to 7 year surgical residency program alongside anesthesiologists and many other medical specialists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive training and experience in providing safe, office-based anesthesia care. Along with local anesthesia, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are qualified to offer patients several sedation options such as oral sedatives, nitrous oxide sedation, intra-venous sedation or a combination of these methods. If you require care and feel that sedation would be best for you, consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, we’d be happy to assist in finding the right option for your care.