Dental anxiety and fear is normal and common and can interfere with your important dental care and treatment. Even if you don’t suffer from dental anxiety, some procedures and appointments can be physically challenging. We offer a range of sedation dentistry options to help you overcome those challenges to ensure you receive the care you need as comfortably as possible.
Sedation Dentistry Near You
Sedation dentistry in NE Calgary, AB is the use of sedative drugs to help you to relax in anticipation of or during dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but a menu of options that may be appropriate depending on: how serious your anxiety and fear are; and the type of dental care or treatment you’ll be receiving.
Sedation dentistry near you may be appropriate if you experience any of the following: significant soreness in the face and jaw; problems remaining still seated for the time required for the care you’ll receive; acute sensitivity to pain; a particularly sensitive gag reflex; and significant fear relating to the smells, sounds, and anticipated pain or discomfort of dental procedures.
Depending on the level of your anxiety or fear and the nature of your dental appointment, sedation dentistry near you is available in a variety of formats. The first and mildest form of sedation is laughing gas — nitrous oxide that you inhale through a mask during your appointment.
An increased level of sedation, while still remaining awake at all times, is available through oral sedation by swallowing a pill prior to your appointment or before treatment begins. You will experience deeper sedation and relaxation than from inhaling laughing gas. The effects of oral sedation persist longer than those of nitrous oxide.
The most significant level of sedation is intravenous (IV) sedation that allows you to sleep during treatment. It is appropriate for the most severe forms and of dental anxiety and the longest and longest dental procedures. IV sedation is controlled and monitored throughout the procedure.
Two Key Points About Sedation Dentistry
- The first step to determining if sedation dentistry in NE Calgary, AB is appropriate for you is a thorough review of your current medications, level of anxiety, and medical history
- Don’t drive to or from an appointment where you’ll receive sedation dentistry, but arrange a ride home in advance.