The thought of going to the dentist is something that scares a lot of people. In fact, many patients would prefer to avoid going to the dentist as much as they can, and would rather endure a toothache than sit in a dentist’s chair! Here at Hamptons Dental, we are known for making your dental appointment as comfortable and relaxed as possible. However, there are some patients who require more help to make them calm during their procedure. This is where sedation dentistry comes in.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the process of administering medication to patients in order to decrease their anxiety and fear during a procedure. There are different levels of sedation that range from simple relaxation to general anesthesia that will make the patient unconscious. Our dentist will determine the right type of sedation for you, based on the procedure involved and your anxiety levels.
- Minimal sedation is the lowest level of sedation industry and aims to just calm the patient down
- Conscious sedation or moderate sedation puts the patient in a drowsy state to the extent that he may not remember the procedure at all
- Deep sedation is when the patient is almost unconscious
- General anesthesia is when the patient is fully unconscious
To achieve these different levels of sedation, several methods are used. If you are driving a vehicle after your appointment, then Inhaled Minimal Sedation will be the best type for you. More commonly known as “laughing gas”, this gas is actually a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen that can help you relax. The effects also wear off quickly so you won’t be disoriented for long. Oral Sedation is often the most common method used in sedation dentistry. Our dentist will give you a particular dose, depending on the level of sedation he wishes to achieve–from mild to moderate.
IV Moderate Sedation is used when the dentist wants the sedation to take effect more quickly. The sedative drug enters the bloodstream through an IV so you can feel the effects right away. Deep Sedation uses general anesthesia so you are deeply unconscious throughout the procedure. This means that you will not wake up until the medication’s effect has worn off.
Here at Hamptons Dental, it’s important to use that every appointment you have with our dentist is a pleasant and comfortable experience. If you feel anxious about your upcoming procedure, then we will be happy to discuss sedation dentistry with you. We are located in NW Calgary in the Co-Op Shopping Center.