how safe is sedation dentistry

How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?

Many people are quite anxious when heading to the dentist. However, we need dental care if we hope to maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums. The good news is, many dentists offer sedation to help nervous patients get through their procedures — as well as “stronger” sedation for patients needing a procedure.

Keep these points in mind:

  • There are 4 sedation levels: mild (using laughing gas), mild (using oral sedatives), moderate (through an IV drip), and general anaesthesia.
  • Although the drugs used in sedation dentistry are safe, it’s recommended to find a dentist who specialises in using sedation as it’s not offered in every dental practice.
  • Mild sedation can help those with dental anxiety get the treatment they need and stay comfortable the entire time.

Sedation dentistry is for people who experience moderate to severe dental anxiety.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.