Dental Sedation in Medicine Hat

Are you nervous about coming to the dentist for a filling or root canal? Many people experience anxiety about going to the dentist. There are ways we can help you manage your fear and relax during your treatment. Our team at Park Meadows Dental wants you to feel comfortable every time you visit us for a simple regular check-up or when you are having a more complex dental service performed. We have dental sedation options to help calm your nerves and make your dental experience more comfortable. Your dentist will recommend which sedation option is best for your situation.

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What Are Some Dental Sedation Options?

Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide, also known as Laughing Gas, can help reduce your anxiety level. This type of sedation option has been used in dentistry for many years. Administered through a special mask that covers your nose, nitrous oxide sedation is known as conscious sedation and can be used on a variety of different ages. You will be awake during your treatment though some tend to drift into a light sleep. You are always conscious during this type of sedative but the laughing gas keeps you in a relaxed state the entire time it is being administered. It may be used in conjunction with oral sedation at the discretion of your dentist. The effects are felt quickly and wear off fast as well. You will be fully functioning and able to drive yourself after your appointment. Our dental professionals know exactly how much nitrous oxide to use during your treatment.

Oral Sedation

When you have extreme anxiety about dental treatments or have difficulty remaining still in the dentist’s chair, oral sedation may be the choice for you. Oral sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is administered by way of a predetermined dosage of medication to help you relax. The sedative is given to you before your treatment so you will be sleepy during the session. You should not feel any pain or discomfort and most patients do not even remember anything after the treatment is completed. During your procedure, your dentist will have your vital signs monitored to ensure your safety. If you need anything during this sedation, you can speak to us since you will be awake. It is imperative you have a responsible adult drive you to and from your appointment as you will not be able to operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours after receiving this medication.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is administered through an intravenous. Your dental professional will use a topical numbing cream prior to inserting the IV. You will be comfortable and relaxed during your treatment and continuously monitored for blood pressure and heart rate. You must be driven to and from your appointment as you will not be in a state to operate a vehicle until after the sedation wears off.

Before receiving an IV Sedation your dental professional will review your health history and make a note of all your current medications. Your utmost safety is our concern at Park Meadows Dental and we want your dental treatment to be a complete success. You will be required to answer several questions to ensure you are a viable candidate for IV Sedation. Do you still have questions about the various sedation options available? Ask your dentist and dental hygienist to fully explain each one in detail. Your comfort is important to us.

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