Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Do you have dental anxiety or dental phobia? We have seen hundreds of people like yourself who are frightened, scared or just plain nervous of dentistry.
Relaxation and sedation options are available at Northern Dental Care to help you receive the dental care you need while being comfortable and free from dental anxiety.
What kinds of sedatives are available?
The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Different levels of sedation can be utilized depending on an individual's need. Before administering any type sedative, the dentist must fully analyze the medical history of the patient, taking note of any current medications and medical conditions.
Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. Nitrous oxide has been safely used in dentistry for many years, and can be safely used for patients of all ages.
Oral Conscious Sedation
A prescribed oral medication (tablet) is provided in the dental office prior to dental treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. Though oral sedatives do not cause you to sleep, it will dull the senses. This means that most patients cannot remember the sights, sounds or smells associated with the procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken at the start of the appointment, and then topped up during the procedure as required.
What is it?
Oral Conscious Sedation is an ideal sedation option for moderate to severe anxiety towards dental treatment and for those with a fear of needles. It is used for those ages 11 and older.
Sedation for dentistry allows you to receive the dental care that you want without the fear and anxiety often associated with dental treatment. You can take comfort in knowing that absolutely nothing will be done until you are completely comfortable. It is also great for busy individuals who don't have time to dedicate to multiple dental appointments.
The benefits include:
- Fear and anxiety avoided
- No IV line needed - great for those who fear needles
- Patients who have been difficult to 'freeze' routinely have profound numbness while sedated. Local anesthetic is still used, however we don't do anything until the sedation medication has taken effect.
- Fewer appointments - in many cases all of your treatment can be completed in one or two appointments
- Relieves feelings of confinement and crowding of your personal space
- Little or no memory of your visit
- Getting all of your dentistry done in a short time will likely even save you money versus doing a little here and little there - there will be less emergency treatment needed. It's better to fix a small problem today than a big one tomorrow.
How does it work?
A sedative medication is given by mouth and we allow you to relax until you are completely comfortable. You will not be asleep, but you will be very relaxed and comfortable. Most patients have little or no memory of their treatment and often feel like they slept through the entire visit.