Do your nerves kick in when you visit the dentist?
This common issue is often referred to as dental anxiety, and Fort Dental Health Group is happy to offer various sedation options to help put your mind and nerves at ease while in our chair.
A significant number of Canadians avoid visiting the dentist for regular dental visits because they are afraid or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation options give patients a way to calm the nerves and ease dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep; however, most sedatives such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedatives work only to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit, rather than put you to sleep.
What sedation options are available at Fort Dental Health Group?
The most popular dental sedatives we offer are nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual patient needs. Before administering any sedative, your dentist will analyze your full medical history, taking note of any current medications.
The most common sedation options:
Nitrous Oxide: 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 can elevate a patient’s general mood and can evoke a sense of well-being. Most importantly, it helps to relieve anxiety associated with the dental procedure you’re undergoing. In addition, you may experience some tingling and numbness.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral medication can be provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses. Some patients do not remember the pain or noises associated with the procedure. Usually a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment, and then topped up during the procedure as required.
Dr. Patricia Kenny
Dr. Levi Ross
Dr. Lindsay Patterson
201 - 10010 88 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan, AB