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How Sedation Dentistry Can Put You at Ease

Some people get extremely anxious and uncomfortable about going to a
dental clinic. For many people with anxiety, they would rather suffer from a
toothache than see a dentist. If you’re one of these people, you may want to
consider sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry can help you get rid of the nervous symptoms you
experience before dental treatments. At Crescent
, we provide this
relaxation option for patients who need it. Our methods are all designed to
quickly reduce nervousness and stress to ensure our patients get the oral care
they need.

Oral care is vital to keep your teeth not only shiny and bright, but also healthy. New technology in dentistry is being developed regularly to repair damage and help with long-term care. However, too many people avoid the dentist and needed care because of their anxiety. The following is an overview of sedation dentistry and how it can help you.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

36% of Canadians avoid the dentist due to fear of equipment.
Researchers and dental professionals are constantly looking for the safest and
most comfortable techniques to ease that distress.

This is why dentists rely on sedation. These procedures can range from
simple teeth cleaning to more complicated treatments such as root canals. Your
stress levels and your medical history will determine how much sedation is

Dentists use sedation in many forms. There are several medicines and
techniques available for safe use. The following are a few different types that
are available for treating anxious patients.

  • Minimal techniques. These are
    designed to make you feel relaxed while you’re still awake. 
  • Moderate sedation. Also known
    as conscious sedation, this will allow you to communicate through the process.
    You won’t remember that much about the treatment.
  • Deep sedation. This form
    takes you to the edge of consciousness. However, your dentist will be able to
    wake you if it’s necessary. 
  • General anaesthesia. The
    use of general anaesthesia will leave you completely unconscious. You will not
    be able to respond through the procedure.

Over the years, there have been many strides in restorative dental technology. Nowadays, missing or broken teeth can be replaced or reformed. Your smile can be completely remade. Safe and effective techniques like sedation allow you to get through these processes in a way that ensures you’re not uncomfortable. 

What Sedation Methods Are Used?

Each type is delivered through different forms of medicine. Here are
some of the different types generally used as sedatives:

  • Tablet for
    mild or minimal sedatives
  • Intravenous
    injection for moderate sedatives
  • Inhalation
    for general anesthesia and stronger sedatives

Besides these methods, most procedures require the use of local
anesthetic through injections. Local anaesthetic provides numbing to prevent

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Here’s a deeper look into what each method is like to experience:

  • Inhalation Sedation. This is the most common way of sedating patients. With
    inhalation, patients breathe in a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide gas. You
    can expect to feel the effects within just a few seconds. The use of this
    sedation mixture is considered the lightest and safest form.

When you opt for inhalation
therapy, your dentist will place a comfortable nitrous mask on your face. These
masks are often lightweight and latex-free. They’re easily adjustable, and
patients can easily see what is going on around them.  

  • Oral Sedation. Patients who use this technique take medication via mouth
    at least an hour before their intended procedure. It takes time for this type
    of medication to take effect. During the process, dental professionals in the
    building will monitor your state.

When you take oral sedation, your
dentist will perform the procedure while you’re conscious and responsive. The
medication often has an amnesic effect. This means that the memories of the
sounds and sights of the procedure are not an issue. This method is considered
safe. It’s often recommended for people who have higher levels of anxiety and

  • IV Moderate Sedation. The most widely known type of sedation dentistry is
    intravenous. This method delivers a deeper level of sedation. There are a
    variety of medical reasons why your dentist will choose IV sedation for their
    patients. For one, this method will allow patients to have no recollection of
    their visit. It can make their time spent at the dentist office will feel like
    mere moments instead of hours. After taking oral sedation or having an IV,
    patients should not drive or be alone for the rest of the day.

Is Any Dentist Able to Administer Sedation?

Usually, general dentists have the qualifications to administer oral
sedation. Most of them are also qualified to give moderate sedatives.

Deeper types present more risks and are more complex. For deep forms
of anesthesia and sedation, dentists must receive special training. They must
also obtain the proper permits and credentials. Dentists who administer deep
sedation are oral surgeons and dental anaesthesiologists. 

Who Is a Candidate for a Sedation Dental

There are many reasons people seek the help of sedatives for their dental procedures. The following are some types of people who make great candidates for sedative treatments. 

  • Those who
    suffer from severe dental anxiety
  • People who
    have very sensitive teeth
  • Patients who
    require extensive dental work
  • Patients with
    a strong gag reflex
  • Patients who
    suffer from a low pain threshold
  • Adults and
    children who cannot sit still while in the dentist’s chair

The Bottom Line

If you or someone you know experiences anxiety about dental visits,
discuss your options with your dentist. They can ease your concerns and let you
know if sedatives are the right option for you. It’s likely they can provide
you with the comfort you need to feel okay about making an appointment and
receiving a check up. 

Crescent Heights Dental Clinic
#113, 831 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB T2E 3J8


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