What is Sedation Dentistry? How Does It Work?

what-is-sedation-dentistry-how-does-it-workPeople are different, and therefore what we are or aren’t fully comfortable with differs too. Some of us are fine with visiting the dentist, but some of us get nervous and that’s perfectly alright. There are ways to accommodate you if experience anxiousness when coming in to see your dentist in South Calgary.

Enter sedation dentistry. This is a practice used to aid those who are nervous about visiting the dentist as well as to alleviate pain if a certain procedure is more extensive. Medication is given to patients which helps calm them down. Various levels of sedation can be administered depending on the situation.

The first is minimal sedation, where you’re still awake but comfortably numb. Receiving a dental filling is one example of when this type of sedation is used. Second, is a more moderate level of sedation. You’ll still be awake, but things will be quite hazy and most likely you won’t remember much of the event. Third, is deep sedation where you’re kept awake but hardly conscious. Finally, there’s general anesthesia. This is when you’re rendered completely unconscious.

Sedation can be administered to patients in a number of ways as well, including inhalation, orally, which entails swallowing a pill, or through an IV.

Alongside the sedation, your dentist you will still apply local anesthetic to the area in your mouth that is being treated.

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry performed in South Calgary, call or come into our clinic; we’re more than happy to help you in any way we can!

Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

This type of care is great for those who are fearful about going to the dentist. Sedation is also a good option when you’re someone with relatively low pain tolerance, have extreme tooth sensitivity, an overactive gag reflex, or have trouble sitting still. Finally, sedation dentistry may be advised if a procedure is particularly lengthy.

There is always the potential for complications to arise when medication is being employed, so always be sure to talk to your dentist or your doctor prior to receiving treatment. Rest assured, your dentist is well trained and highly qualified in administering sedation, so there’s no need to worry. But again, don’t hesitate to voice any concerns you may have.

If receiving sedation dentistry by a South Calgary dentist is something you’re interested in, come in or call our dental clinic for a consultation today!

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