If you have great fear of surgery, or are unable to fit multiple lengthy treatments into your schedule, deep intravenous sedation may be the ideal solution.
What is deep sedation?
A small dosage of sedative is introduced intravenously by an expert anesthetist. While the anesthesia is fully effective, causing total relaxation, surgery is conducted. This is not full anesthesia but a safe procedure with very fast recovery.
What does the patient feel during deep sedation?
The patient is deeply relaxed in a way similar to sleep, so that although the patient can cooperate with the medical staff, several treatments can be conducted in one session. When the procedures are complete, there is a positive phenomenon of ‘forgetfulness’ and the patient cannot recall the dental procedures.
In which situations is deep sedation suitable?
Many people experience strong anxiety prior to, and during, dental treatments. It is nothing to be ashamed of since it is a common phenomenon. Sedation is an excellent way to cope with fear and anxiety, allowing the Periodontist to progress with surgery.
Where multiple, lengthy treatments are needed, deep sedation allows shortening the treatment session and reducing the number of appointments needed.
How is deep sedation applied?
The anesthetist penetrates a calming substance (similar to valium) into the arm via infusion. The anesthetist must then regulate the dosage throughout the entire treatment to ensure the patient’s optimal comfort. This is accompanied by localized anesthesia for the area being operated on, but the patient will not feel this stage or any of the surgical procedure. The patient remains alert, however, and able to cooperate and communicate with others, but without any fear, which also helps reduce fear of the next treatment. Once the dental procedure is complete, the anesthetist ceases sedation and the patient can stand easily within several minutes. The patient will be asked to stay at the clinic for a further 30 minutes for supervision.
The patient is then released, with only one prohibition: no driving is allowed after deep sedation, so alternative arrangements must be made in advance for getting home, preferably with someone escorting the patient.
It is extremely rare for any complications to arise as a result of deep sedation. Our work methods are based on constant monitoring of your heart and lungs. We use only well known and completely safe sedatives.
Deep sedation is an excellent way of coping with severe anxiety. Its relative ease of administration, and its absence of trauma, also make it an ideal time-saving solution.Once the lengthy treatment session is over, a private recovery room is available for patients, allowing complete rest in the company of attendees.