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06 January 2017

Dental Sedation Manchester – Discussing The Benefits

When it comes to dental sedation, Manchester-based dental practices have a variety of methods at their disposal. For patients this is good news because for certain people, a trip to the dentist does more than make them feel slightly anxious. It can actually be debilitating. So much so in fact that they would rather endure painful toothache than visit their local Manchester gum clinic.
For people who avoid the dentist like the plague sedation dentistry has the ability to take away much of their anxiety. It can be used for everything from simple processes such as polishing and de-scaling teeth, through to more invasive procedures such as dental implants Manchester.

So what exactly is sedation dentistry and more importantly, what are the benefits?

With the use of medication, sedation dentistry is administered to help people relax during dental treatments. It can also be referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’ although that’s not entirely accurate because in many cases, the patient remains awake. There are various levels of sedation in dentistry and these are

  • Minimal or slight sedation – Where the patient is total awake but relaxed
  • Conscious or moderate sedation – Where the patient is awake and able to respond, but won’t remember much (if anything) of the procedure
  • Deep sedation – Where the patient is on the edge of consciousness but like a hypnotic spell can be woken up easily
  • General anaesthesia – Where the patient remains unconscious throughout treatment

The vast majority of treatments including treatment for dental implants in Manchester will use the first two categories. For the patient and the dentist, the benefits of dental sedation in Manchester far outweigh any negatives. So let’s take a closer look.

Firstly it means that anxious or dental phobic patients can now undergo dental treatment just like a non-phobic patient can. Using a variety of sedation methods including inhalation, absorption, or ingestion, patients are placed in a relaxed and carefree state of mind. This means that they feel no pain but are still able to respond to the requirements of the dentist as and when needed, because technically they remain awake or conscious. From the dentist’s perspective, it’s far easier for them to have a relaxed patient who co-operates rather than have someone who visits a Manchester gum clinic feeling very nervous and edgy.

Secondly, recovery from dental sedation is very quick and in some cases instantaneous. Unless dental patients are undergoing deep sedation or general anaesthesia which is very rare, they won’t experience that heady, sick feeling that many people feel when they wake up from an operation. With the use of nitrous oxide for example, patients usually recover fully within 2-3 minutes or less. Others such as oral sedation take a little longer to recover from (usually 30 minutes to 1 hour) but patients feel no after effects.

Finally, dental sedation is extremely effective. Many patients who have undergone treatment for dental implants Manchester using dental sedation say that they really didn’t know anything about the process except for feelings of extreme euphoria and carefree happiness.

As you can see, if you are a nervous, anxious, or phobic patient, then it makes sense to visit our Manchester gum clinic to talk to us about dental sedation. Manchester practices like ours have fully trained and experienced staff skilled in administering a variety of sedation techniques. Patients therefore, really needn’t worry about a trip to the dentist again. To find out more, contact us on 0161 486 0743

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