Anxiety is a very common concern at dental clinics. We understand that going to the dentist isn’t exactly a vacation, and dentists are trained to deal with anxious patients. If you ever experience dental anxiety, please tell your clinic so they can alleviate your concerns. At Smiles Dental Group, we offer dental sedation to help with dental anxiety. Not everyone who is anxious may need sedation, but it can be incredibly helpful for those who are in need.
What is sedation dentistry?
If a patient comes to our clinics and they need to be sedated to perform the operation you will be given either:
- Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
- Oral sedation (pills)
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?
- Prone to being afraid of the dentist.
- Past traumatic dental experiences.
- Patients who are more resistant to local anesthetic
- A sensitive gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- More complex dental problems
- People who hate needles or shots
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
- Patient relaxation
- Increased comfort
- Movement control
- Patient co-operation
- Control of gag reflex
- Little or no memory of treatment
- Time-saving (Fewer appointments needed)
How to prepare for Sedation At The Dentists Office
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Avoid eating or drinking up to 8 hours prior to being sedated.
- If you’re on medication, ask your dentist if you need to stop taking it beforehand.
- Current medication
- Any known allergies
- Any history of health issues (heart attack, stroke, etc.)
How safe is sedation dentistry?
What types of sedation do we use?
Nitrous Oxide is a very safe form of light sedation is also known as ‘laughing gas’. This method can relieve anxiety and increase the feeling of relaxation during the procedure. The patient is still completely awake and conscious. After the sedation is terminated, the effects of nitrous oxide do not last very long (several minutes at most). This unique characteristic of nitrous oxide use allows the patient to return to functioning normally soon after the appointment ends.
Oral Sedation is another way to achieve a sedation effect for dental procedures is by taking oral sedation pills that are prescribed to you by the dentist. During the procedure, the dentist will monitor the patient’s vital signs. Oral sedation can be combined with nitrous oxide to have an additive effect. The patient is still conscious and breathing on their own.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
This method is also considered another form of conscious sedation, however, the patient’s awareness of the procedure is minimal, and typically they cannot remember the procedure itself. Vital signs are monitored closely by a designated and trained clinical team member.
Conclusion on using sedation for patients
If you feel you would need it due to any of the issues listed above, or something we might not of thought about, you can always ask your dentist for there input.