There is certain black history on Odontology, the one told us through jokes, creepy tales, images of tongs and drills… And many of us still hold in mind some of them.
Actually, Odontology has changed a lot and fortunately we don´t have to feel any pain, not even discomfort at dental treatments. This change is visible for new generations, whose parents are less afraid than their grandparents and, although their memories are not wonderful, these memories are neither the same.
From some time ago, most procedures are made by using local anesthesia, and the dentist is able to avoid the feeling of the little prick. There are some vey long processes, as for example implants, which require the patient stays some hours with the mouth open, what it is obviously uncomfortable and tiring.
On the other side, there are patients who feel deep fear and phobias of everything related to dentist stuff, they even feel upset of the thought on visiting the dentist.
For all those patients, now there is a solution too, intravenous conscious sedation.
Intravenous conscious sedation consists of causing the patient a minimum level of conscience, but retaining his capacity for responding to physical stimulus and verbal orders while breathing with no assistance. Despite the patient is sedated, he obeys the dentists indications, and he is even able to have conversations. However, he doesn’t remember anything or part of what happened. In case of needle phobia, an anesthetic ointment is applied before the intravenous sedation, what leaves the area of the skin in which the catheter is placed insensible to any pain.
There are lots of advantages of the conscious sedation for the patient. First of all, the lack of pain, as well as relief and a vague memory of that moment. There are also advantages for professionals when working with patients who are more relaxed, able to collaborate and relying on a supporting specialist who is in charge of the anesthesia, since this kind of sedation is carried out by specialists of anesthesiology and reanimation who stay with the patient during the whole procedure.
After the procedure, this specialist guarantees the patient is conscious and oriented before he is discharged. It is also recommended the patients goes with someone and that he doesn’t work nor drive that day as he may feel sleepy.
Dr. Rafael Omañas explains a little bit more on this topic in this video:
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Now we have no excuse for avoiding the dentist thanks to conscious sedation. With no pain, nor fear, just think of your health.
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