The Different Types of Sedation for Your Dental Treatment
For many people, the idea of sitting still in a dentist chair causes paralyzing fear. We understand you can’t control the way you feel about undergoing dental procedures. Lucky for you, there’s a simple solution! Sedation dentistry is rapidly gaining popularity in dental offices all across Canada. And while there’s no reason to be scared of our dentist, we here at Monastery Dental, one of two dental offices of Dr. Ray Liu in Oakville, understand your plight. If you have a general fear of going to the dentist or simply a bad gag reflex, there are several types of sedation dentistry that is available to you.
Types of Sedation
Depending on the treatment you need to undergo, different types of sedation may be available to you. Here is a brief overview of some common options:
1. IV Sedation
This type of sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream and is extremely fast acting. You will be fully unconscious after the sedative is administered, and you won’t be able to remember much of the procedure afterwards. You will not be able to drive afterward, so arrange for someone to take you home.
Also known as conscious sedation, this type of sedative is typically taken in a pill form an hour prior to your appointment. The goal of this type of medication is moderate sedation where you are very relaxed but can still be responsive enough to ensure the procedure runs smoothly. Often the patient will fall asleep during the procedure. The point is to put you in a state where you’re no longer nervous, but you will need someone to drive you home afterwards.
3. Nitrous Oxide
Commonly referred to as laughing gas, this controlled mixture of nitrogen and oxygen is administered through a mask placed on the patient’s face. It’s designed to relax the patient similar to having a few drinks. On its own, it’s a mild sedative that wears off quickly and even allows most patients to drive home after their procedure.
Sedation—Helping Patients with Dental Phobias
Minimizing your anxiety is a good first step toward making sure you get all the dental procedures you need. Some common dental procedures that require sedation include tooth extractions and dental implants.
If you’re looking for sedation dentistry in Oakville, make an appointment with one of our dentists at Monastery Dental or North Oak Dental. Check out our services for more information.