Anaesthesia & Sedation

Dental patients travelling to Hungary for dental treatment often enquire about which Anaesthesia and Sedation facilities are available. There are various options available which can control pain as well as other options to make dental patients more comfortable, relaxed and less anxious.

Local Anaesthesia

Most patients travelling to Hungary for dental treatment will have local anesthesia for pain control. This is usually Lidocaine and is administered into a localised area with a syringe. The dentist should be able to inject the local anesthesia without causing pain but it is possible for a topical numbing gel to be used first if requested so that pain from the needle is avoided.

The pain a patient feels from having a local anesthesia injection is actually the fluid pressing against the tissue walls as it is entering the body. Most people think it is the needle but the needle is too sharp for real pain to be felt.

Some dentists use new technology called “The Wand” which is computer controlled anesthesia. This is a new system to replace the syringe and needle which also causes less anxiety for the patient. The dentist will hold the hand piece in place and the computer will do the rest. The advantage is that the wand is less painful and the anesthesia is administered in a more controlled way. Another useful type of syringe is the pen syringe which looks like a pen as the name suggests. The dentist must constantly press the button to inject small amounts of anesthesia into the local area. This way there is no pain.

Local Anaesthesia is usually provided at no extra cost but sometimes “The Wand” is an extra cost but not much.

General Anaesthetic

General Anaesthetic is available in Hungary but it is a little more difficult to organise and the cost is much higher than having dental treatment carried out by local anaesthesia. This is still much lower in price than private care in Britain, Ireland, USA and Canada.

The procedure involves an anesthetist giving you the anesthetic medication through a cannula going straight into the veins. The dental patient will go into a state of unconsciousness and the anesthetic will block pain signals from reaching the brain. Whilst the dentist is treating you the anesthetist will be constantly monitoring you and your airways with the aid of monitoring equipment.

General Anaesthesia has always been frowned upon by mainland Europeans because of the extra risks and possible complications involved. British dentists have in the past easily offered the procedure but now British dentists are following suit after being behind for years and General Anaesthesia is avoided if at all possible.

Dental patients who have a serious dental phobia or patients that would hinder the dentist if conscious are common enquirers of general anaesthesia. Also patients with a sensitive gag reflex or a difficulty in getting numb through local anaesthesia are also candidates. Patients usually have to have a doctor’s letter and a pre-operation medical before General Anaesthesia can be offered.

IV Sedation

I.V sedation is more common with dental patients than General Anaesthesia. Costs are similar as an anaesthetist is still required as well as an adequate operating theatre and recovery room facilities.

Unlike General Anaesthetic where the patient’s breathing is completely controlled, IV sedation allows the patient to breathe independently whilst the patient is in an unconscious state. Also with I.V sedation the pain can be controlled much better as the dentist and anaesthesia will be aware of any discomfort or pain before the patient.

I.V sedation is considered to be a much safer method than General Anaesthesia.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous Oxide is often referred to as “laughing gas” because it often brings on the giggles. In dentistry N2O is sometimes given to dental patients who are nervous about the procedure. The gas makes the patient less anxious as well as acting as an anaesthetic. The gas is breathed in through a nasal hood with several flavours added like vanilla and strawberry to make the experience more enjoyable.

Not all dentists in Hungary offer this but it is worth asking of you have a mild phobia or anxiety over dental treatment.

Anxiety Tablets

Most Hungarian dentists can prescribe “happy pills” before your dental appointment to help you feel less anxious about the dental treatment that you are about to have.

They work by suppressing the nervous system thus making you feel less anxious.

They are very effective and a solution to be considered before deciding on more costly forms of sedation. They are considered to be a very safe solution to anxiety.

“Chair side” Manner

The best form of sedation therapy is the way your dentist encourages you to continue with the dental treatment that you need. It is possible for a dentist with a good chair side manner to take a reasonably serious phobia patient and place implants without the need for any sedation what so ever. Only local anaesthesia is used as an anaesthetic.

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