In our centre we can offer alternatives for nervous patients, for patients with dental phobia or any other pathology requiring special attention and monitoring such as heart diseases and so on. These treatments are carried out under conscious sedation and the supervision of an anaesthesiologist.
In our speciality, the most common type of anaesthesia used, is local anaesthesia. In most cases, this is the only drug agent needed. Most patients tolerate the anaesthesia very well and the feeling of having the lip numb for a dental procedure is not new to them. Moreover, nowadays local anaesthesia is very safe and effective.
As commented above, there are many people who may require a different focus for various reasons.
To these patients who fear the treatment required, sedation offers an alternative to complete the necessary dental treatment done in a safe manner and in a relaxed atmosphere. Other patients who benefit are those who need special surgical procedures or a very large amount of work to be done in a short time.
For these situations, we use intravenous sedation as it is a convenient and conservative method; the patient is completely controlled throughout the dental procedure. Sedation consists in soothing the nervous and apprehensive patient by the use of medicines without inducing the loss of consciousness. This technique is highly effective and requires the administration of drugs directly into the vein. The advantage is that the doctor controls better the dose, making sure that the patient is completely recovered at the end of the procedure.
The patient is not subjected to the effects of general anaesthesia because the patient’s protective reflexes are not eliminated, including the ability for the patient to maintain its own air. The monitoring team used during the intravenous sedation procedure is specific and it consists of a pulse oxymeter, an EKG monitor, a defibrillator and supplementary oxygen used for medical intervention, which in addition to improving breathing, helps us to combat possible infection. The use of intravenous sedation is a very effective tool for patients who require special dental treatment in different situations.