It is not uncommon for some people to avoid going to the dentist due to the anxiety and worry the procedures cause them. When visiting our office, we want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible during their procedure and that is why we provide sedation dentistry.
We offer three types of dental sedation, these include laughing gas, oral sedation and IV sedation. Each treatment is intended to help calm your nerves, making your dental procedure more comfortable and even relaxing! If you are interested in sedation with your procedure please talk to one of our dentists so they can recommend the best option for you.
Otherwise known as nitrous oxide, laughing gas can help reduce and manage your anxiety during your dental treatment. Laughing gas is administered through a mask that covers just your nose and can be used on most patients, ranging in age. The benefit of laughing gas is that you are conscious throughout your procedure but you are relaxed (in some cases patients may drift off into a very light sleep). Additionally, laughing gas can be utilized quickly and their effects wear off relatively quickly after the procedure.
Oral sedation is administered through an oral tablet. The dosage of sedation is pre-determined prior to your appointment and taken right before your procedure. The sedation will make you drowsy and calm during the procedure. While on the sedative, our team will monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety throughout the treatment. Please note that you will not be able to operate a motor vehicle for 24hrs hours after receiving an oral sedative.
Intravenous sedation is a sedative administered through an IV. This form of sedation will calm your nerves and anxiety during your procedure. Similarly to oral sedation, we will monitor your vital signs during your procedure and while you are under the sedative. To determine if IV sedation is suitable for you our team will need to thoroughly check your health records and have a note of all of your current medications. You will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire to see if you are a suitable candidate for intravenous sedation.
If you have any questions pertaining to sedation dentistry, our team would be happy to help answer them! We want to ensure that you have a comfortable and calm experience during your procedure and we will happily outline the options that are best suited for you.
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