Fear and anxiety can sometimes stop people from getting the dental treatment they need to preserve their oral health. In this post, our North Delta dentists explain how dental sedation is a safe way to help you get the oral health care you need.
What is dental sedation?
Dental sedation uses medication, typically either orally or inhaled, to help make patients more comfortable before, during, and after dental treatment. Not just for anxious patients, dental sedation may also be recommended for patients that need complex treatment or for those who have a severe gag reflex.
Dental sedation allows our dentists to offer a lower-stress appointment so our patients can receive the critical oral health care they need to keep their mouths healthy.
Dental Sedation Options at Scott 72 Dental Centre
At Scott 72 Dental Centre we offer oral sedation and nitrous oxide.
Oral sedation is a sedative that is administered in the form of a liquid or pill. These medications can be taken the night before an appointment to help you sleep, and/or one hour before your appointment to reduce anxiety leading up to and during treatment. During your treatment, you will remain awake and responsive, and you won't feel any pain.
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is an inhaled gas that helps promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. You will be carefully monitored by a dental professional and the gas levels can easily be adjusted to your needs throughout your appointment.
Is dental sedation safe?
Dental sedation is generally safe for most patients. Prior to prescribing the sedative, your dentist will review your medical history and discuss whether dental sedation is the right option for your situation.
While at our office, you will be closely monitored for any negative side effects from the sedation. It is normal to feel drowsy following your appointment but this feeling will wear off as the day progresses.
You should never drive while under the effects of sedation. Arrange to have a trusted friend or family member bring you to and from your appointment.
Are you considering dental sedation to relieve anxiety surrounding dental appointments? Contact our North Delta dentists today to learn more.