Do you feel tense and anxious when you think about visiting a dental clinic? Would you rather suffer a toothache than take one step toward the dentist’s chair? If so, we have an alternative solution for you! At Macleod Trail Dental, we are pleased to offer our patients comfortable, safe and effective, sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry can be used for a range of dental treatments. From invasive procedures to simple teeth cleaning, medication can help patients relax during their dental procedure.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who:
- Experience nervousness or anxiety when visiting the dentist
- Have a low pain threshold
- Experience severe tooth sensitivity
- Require a lot of dental work
- Struggle becoming (and staying) numb from anesthetics
Our number one goal is to help you maintain the best oral health possible. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you no longer must postpone or avoid treatments due to dental phobias or anxiety.
Sedation Dentistry Procedure & Process
Sedation dentistry helps put patients in a relaxed state so that they feel less pain and anxiety during their procedure. Our patients remain conscious and responsive during treatment.
So, how does sedation dentistry work? Here’s what to expect if you elect for optional sedation dentistry:
Step 1: Preparation
Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to your appointment, unless otherwise directed. Keep in mind your health history can affect your recovery, especially for diabetics and smokers. Therefore, it is important to let us know about any medical conditions you have.
Step 2: Administration
Sedatives can be given to patients in a variety of ways including orally or intravenously. The type of sedative used depends on the treatment being performed, your unique medical condition and any other medication(s) you are currently taking. Benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed sedatives.
Step 3: Relaxation
After receiving the sedative, many of our patients feel relaxed and much calmer. Although, they remain alert and responsive, and can answer questions. We carefully monitor you throughout your entire visit to ensure all your physiological and pharmacological needs are met. At the end of the day, the goal is to keep you safe while reducing anxiety and discomfort.
Step 4: Recovery
Post-treatment, many patients feel no residual discomfort or side effects caused by the sedative. Although, in some cases, you may not remember your time in the dental chair. If you opt for sedation dentistry, you must be driven and accompanied by a responsible adult to and from your appointment. In addition, it is recommended that you take the rest of the day off work to recuperate. Do not drive or operate any heavy machinery for at least 24 hours. Lastly, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated and drink lots of fluids.