About Sedation Dentistry

Raphael Arwas, DDS, owns Hallandale Beach Dental, where he performs a variety of procedures, including implant placement and root canals. Dr. Raphael Arwas offers sedation dentistry to patients who feel anxious about receiving dental treatment.

Sedation dentistry offers a number of options to help patients feel calmer in the dentist’s chair. The effects range from simple relaxation to the full unconsciousness of general anesthesia, and the specific methods are chosen based on an individual patient’s needs.

For instance, a patient simply looking to be more at ease during treatment may undergo inhaled minimal sedation, which relies on nitrous oxide to calm the patient’s nerves. Minimal sedation may also involve the use of oral sedatives like Halcion, a drug related to Valium.

For moderate sedation, in which a patient becomes extremely groggy and may not remember the procedure well, a dentist may use a larger dose of an oral sedative or an intravenous sedative. Based on the dosage, the practitioner may also use intravenous sedatives to induce deep sedation or a general anesthetized state. Deep sedation sends the patient close to or into unconsciousness, though the patient can awaken without the use of medication, whereas an anesthetized patient must remain unconscious until the anesthesia wears off or the patient receives medical intervention.