At North Main Family Dental, we know that many patients put off coming to the dentist because they are anxious or afraid of visiting us. That is why we are pleased to offer Sedation Dentistry options for all our patients. This way you can get the dental care you need without having to be fearful of visiting our Airdrie Dental Clinic.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
As the name implies, you will be sedated during your dental procedure. Your North Main Family Dentist has several options for you to consider, however, only one option renders the patient completely unconscious. All other forms of sedation relax you, but will not know you out completely. Hence the term conscious sedation is applied to these.
The most common types of sedation are as follows:
- Nitrous oxide: Is a gas that relaxes you during your dental procedure. It wears off very quickly, so your dentist might let you drive yourself home after your dental appointment.
- Oral sedatives: Oral sedatives include drugs like diazepam. This also helps you to relax during your dental procedure. Typically your oral sedative is taken about an hour or so before your dental appointment. You are typically fully awake during the procedures, but most patients feel less anxious. You may also feel slightly sleepy until the sedative wears off.
- Intravenous sedation: Intravenous or IV Sedation can put you into varying stages of consciousness during your procedure. This is also known as general anesthesia and, as mentioned previously, will put you into a deep sleep state until the sedation wears off. Other IV Sedation drugs, however, can put you into what is called “twilight sleep.” In this state, you are less aware of your surroundings and you might feel sleepy. However, you might not remember much of the procedure once it’s over.
Why Would I Need Sedation Dentistry?
We recommend Dental Sedation for those patients who may suffer any of the following:
- Phobia about dental procedures
- Previous negative experiences with dental work in the past
- Those patients with sensitive oral nerves
- Patients with small mouths that have an inability to open wide
- Patients who have an adverse reaction to noises and vibrations
- Patients who suffer sore jaw muscles during extended procedures
- A patient who has a resistance to local anesthetics
- Anyone suffering a General Anxiety disorder
- Someone suffering a severe gag reflex
- Someone who has difficulty becoming numb to dental anesthetics
- Or someone who just hates anything and everything to do with a dental office!
If any of the above sounds like you, then you may be an ideal candidate for our sedation dentistry services.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Yes, sedation dentistry is considered safe. However, each form of sedation has its own level of benefit and ideally, you should consult with our Dentists and discuss your own past experiences along with any possible allergic reactions, especially to the anesthetic that you may have experienced.
Dental Sedation can help many patients get through many types of dental work they require such as root canals, tooth extractions, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, and many more services.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry
If you think you require Sedation at your next dental appointment, please contact us today to book an appointment. We look forward to answering your dental questions and helping you and your family with all of your dental health needs.
Call us at (403) 980-0056 to book your Sedation Dentistry consultation with us today!
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No Referral is Required.