Does the very thought of visiting a dental clinic make you tense and anxious? Would you rather suffer a toothache than take one step toward the dentist’s chair? If so, then we have an alternative solution for you! At Macleod Trail Dental, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe and effective, sedation dentistry.
It can be used for a range of dental treatments from invasive procedures to simple teeth cleaning. Through the use of medication, sedation dentistry allows our patients to relax during these dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry can be ideal for patients who:
- Experience nervousness or anxiety when visiting the dentist
- Have a low pain threshold
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Need a large amount of dental work
- Have a hard time becoming (and staying) numb from anesthetics.
At Macleod Trail Dental, we are very invested in your oral health and offer sedation dentistry so that you no longer have to postpone or avoid treatments due to dental phobias or anxiety.
Sedation Dentistry Procedure
Sedation Dentistry techniques work by inducing a relaxed state in our patients so that they may feel less pain and anxiety during the dental procedure. Our patients remain conscious and responsive during the treatment. The following steps are what you can expect if you elect for our sedation dentistry service:
- Preparation: You shouldn’t eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to your appointment unless otherwise directed. Because your health history can affect your recovery, especially for diabetics and smokers, it is important to let us know about any medical conditions you have.
- Administration: Sedatives can be given to patients in a variety of ways including orally or intravenously. The type of sedative used depends highly on the treatment being performed, the patient’s unique medical condition and any other medication they may currently be taking. Benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed sedatives.
- Relaxation: After taking the sedative, many of our patients feel relaxed and much calmer but still remain alert, responsive and able to answer questions. We will monitor you throughout your entire visit to ensure all your physiological and pharmacological needs are being met and that you stay safe and less anxious throughout the procedure.
- Recovery: Many patients feel no residual discomfort or side effects of the sedative after the treatment, though in some cases, you may not remember your time in the dental chair. Any patient who opts for sedation dentistry must be driven and accompanied by a responsible adult to and from the appointment. It is recommended that you take the rest of the day off work to spend the time recuperating from your procedure. You shouldn’t drive or operate any heavy machinery for at least 24 hours and it’s important to remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids.