Whether you’re undergoing major dental surgery or are one of the 36% of the population that suffers from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is an important part of your care. Patients of all ages can experience complications with dental anxiety, with nearly 12% of all sufferers experiencing extreme cases that interfere in receiving proper dental care. Sedation dentistry can ease their worries, soothe their anxiety, and make getting the care they need for their teeth possible without concern. We’re happy to provide oral sedation dentistry for our patients in Calgary, AB, but below are also some other options for sedation.
Sedation Dentistry At a Glance
- Good for patients who suffer from dental anxiety
- Helps with achieving numbness for those who are harder to freeze
- Minimizes the gag response for those who are particularly sensitive
Sedation Dentistry At 8 West Dental Care
Sedation dentistry is a common practice, and one that opens doorways for many patients at our clinic. While necessary for advanced dental procedures, some milder forms of sedation aid patients who need help staying calm during their treatment. The most common forms of dental sedation include:
- Nitrous Oxide – A form of sedation also known as laughing gas, this sedative is delivered with a mask. Through this mask, the patient will receive an adjustable mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. One major benefit of this form of sedation is the ability to adjust the mixture as needed, and the rapid recovery time. Patients are able to drive themselves home within minutes of the mask being removed.
- Oral Sedation – This form of sedation involves the patient being given an oral sedative prior to the procedure. This means a little extra time before the procedure for the medication to sink in, and the patient will require someone to drive them home. The most common oral medication provided is triazolam or one of its equivalents.
- IV Sedation – IV sedation provides a faster, deeper, and more predictable onset of sedation than through the oral route for the duration of the procedure. Patients who receive IV sedation will require some time after the procedure to awaken. Once awake they will be observed for a short time before being released. IV sedation requires someone to drive the patient home after the procedure.
Sedation dentistry is an important tool in any dentist’s toolbox and can be made available by request. Be aware that since not all insurance providers will cover dental sedation for all procedures, you may be required to pay out of pocket to receive it at the time of service.
Learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you in receiving dental care at 8 West Dental Care. Dental anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s important that it not prevent you from receiving the dental care that you need. Contact our offices today to learn more about the available forms of sedation and to schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Henry Lam. We’re excited to welcome you to our family of dental patients!