Have you ever felt anxious at the thought of getting your teeth cleaned? Have you ever tolerated a toothache instead of going to the dentist to have the dental problem fixed? Many people are in fact, afraid of going to the dentist because they presume that the dental treatments are painful. However, rest assured that with the help of local anesthesia, dental operations will be completely painless. If you also fear local anesthesia, your dentist may opt to sedate you as well so that you won’t remember anything throughout or after the procedure.
At Burnaby Square Dental, we aim to give maximum comfort to our patients to make their dental experience positive and satisfying. We are well equipped with up-to-date technologies and we conduct the procedures with precision. We also have all types of Sedation for all dental procedures, such as nitrous oxide, oral, and intravenous–we do all these so you won’t be afraid of coming back to the office to have your regular check ups , cleaning, surgeries or any dental treatment.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the dentists’ use of sedatives to optimize patients’ ease and relaxation during a dental procedure. The use of sedatives, such as benzodiazepines, is needed to make procedures such as teeth extractions or surgeries completely tolerable by most anxious people.
Who Can Receive Dental Sedation?
Your dentist may suggest sedation, especially if you’re experiencing:
- Dental anxiety
- Struggles with staying still
- Resistance to local anesthetics
- Dental sensitivity
- Strong gag reflex
Sedation dentistry is a safe option for those who fear needles or those who have traumatic dental experiences, which makes them susceptible to panic attack. It can also be an option for everyone, regardless of whether they are comfortable in the dental chair or not, because it puts everyone at ease, especially during longer appointments and more complicated dental procedures.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Since it does not entail the use of needles, oral sedation is often chosen. Oral sedatives come in the form of tablets that can be swallowed whole or absorbed under the tongue. Oral sedatives, regardless of the form, are only successful after almost an hour, therefore you be asked to be in the office one hour before your dental treatment appointment . The dentist may prescribe a variety of sedative or anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) medications. Many of these medications are based on the most recent medical and dental research. As a result, their suitability for use has been established.
IV Conscious Sedation
Intravenous doses of sedatives may also be given directly into the veins or bloodstream. IV sedation has a greater and more immediate impact on the body’s functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing, than oral sedation. However, it should only be administered by those who are well-trained in the area because of its higher potency. The patient’s condition and sedation level will be monitored with special equipment during the sedation period. Meanwhile, the patient will have no recollection of the operation until the sedation wears off.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation
For over a century, nitrous oxide gas has been used in dentistry. While it does not completely alleviate pain, it compensates by improving the mood by reducing anxiety, hence called the ‘laughing’ gas. A tiny face mask is used to administer nitrous oxide gas with oxygen. The gas is only effective when the mask is over the nose, and its effects fade easily without leaving a hangover once the mask is removed.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Anxiety Relief and Ease of Treatment
One of the most important benefits of sedation dentistry is that it relieves the patient’s anxiety. With the patient relaxed, the dentist can perform the necessary dental procedures with utmost focus in order to achieve the best results. It would no longer matter whether you have a gag reflex or any sensitivity in your teeth or gums that may cause pain because, with the sedation, the patient can instead rest and be rid of any discomfort.
Sedation dentistry has condensed what used to be a series of appointments into a single practice. Patients can feel at ease during dental procedures thanks to sedation. It helps the dentist make further progress in a shorter time. Years of work and several visits to the dentist used to be needed, but with sedation dentistry, this can be reduced to much less number of visits. It saves both the dentist’s and the patient’s time and effort, and it is more cost-efficient for quality care!
Tooth and gum pain can be excruciating. Unfortunately, some people may prefer to have it than to sit in the dreaded dental chair. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you can now get a treatment to address your dental problems without experiencing any anxiety during the procedure.
Many with sensitive gums or teeth can find dental treatment to be excruciatingly painful. However, with sedation dentistry, you will have no recollection of the procedure. Sedation dentistry can help even with procedures that only require numbing effects, whether or not you have anxiety about dental visits.
Sedation saves a lot of time by enabling for more dental procedures to be completed with less visits. Whatever care you need, such as filling a cavity, treating sore gums, or undergoing cosmetic treatments to restore and strengthen your smile , all done in one or two visits under sedation. It also allows for more invasive and lengthy procedures to be completed in a single visit rather than several visits.
Great for Special Needs
People with disabilities have a harder time getting dental care. Thankfully, sedation has broken down this barrier, allowing people of all ages and walks of life to alleviate hypersensitivity and extreme discomfort while allowing dentists to focus on delivering high-quality dental care and procedures with unwavering attention.
Why Choose Burnaby Square Dental
Care and Commitment
Our mission is to provide you with a comprehensive dental experience that meets all of your requirements. We have a team of experts who have immense attention to details and are dedicated to improving your dental health. Dr. Kamaei will evaluate your dental and cosmetic needs so that you can achieve your smile goals. He does so in the fastest and most efficient manner, often seeking solutions that covers all of your dental phobia and anxiety.
Personalized and Comfortable Treatment
We understand that many patients have dental anxiety, and we consider this every time we accommodate them. It’s essential to explain to them what to expect during the procedure as this will help lessen their fear.
Give us a call now at (604) 526-2725 and schedule an appointment. You may also visit our office at 7885 6th St. #210 Burnaby, BC V3N 3N4.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sedation may have a variety of effects on people. With sedation, all stress, negative feelings, and anxiety are washed away, making you feel relaxed and drowsy. Tingling sensations can also occur throughout your body, particularly in your arms, legs, hands, and feet, as a result of the sedation.
The immediate effect of Oral or IV sedatives will fade away fast but you need a company to take you home and be well rested for the rest of the day. Gas sedation on the other hand wears off the moment the flow of Nitrous stops , in this case no company is required.
Dentists often suggest that you do not eat anything for 8 hours and no drinks for 4 hours prior to IV sedation. After the treatment, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. What treatment was done and what type of sedation was administered will determine whether you are able to eat or not, so make sure to ask your dentist about this first.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is a form of sedation in which the patient remains conscious and responds to stimuli such as physical contact and verbal communication. Patients that receive IV sedation recover faster and can return to their normal routine more easily. It is also relatively safer as compared to general anesthesia.
Dental sedation has been proven to be completely safe and effective for children. You no longer need to worry if your child faces anxiety and discomfort when going to the dentist. With dental sedation, your child will get the proper dental treatment and oral health care they need.
For patients, sedation dentistry is so calming and soothing that it transforms their perception of a dentist visit from a painful and uncomfortable experience to a happy one. Patients who previously felt highly nervous now feel relaxed and are able to handle dental procedures better with the aid of dental sedation. After a while, they no longer associate their encounters with unpleasant feelings, and may even no longer need sedation for future procedures as the trust builds up.
Unfortunately, you would not be capable of driving yourself home after IV sedation, or Oral sedation. Using IV sedation means you’ll be groggy after the operation, whether you’ve had a tooth extraction or a porcelain crown mounted. We want to ensure that all of our patients are safe, so please arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home instead after the treatment. Rest assured that even though you won’t be able to drive, you’ll still be alert, enough to walk and communicate .
Although oral sedatives and Gas sedation have been proven to be as effective in some patients , IV sedation still is the most popular sedation technique cause of its amnestic effects to make you forget the procedure.
Once under sedation, you are not entirely awake but responsive and not anxious. You may also feel drowsy until the sedatives wear off. Intravenous sedation will put you in multiple levels of consciousness.
Some minor side effects may occur such as having a dry mouth during or after the procedure, a very short period of amnesia , and being drowsy specially after IV sedation.