Does the thought of going to the dentist cause you to panic? The first thing you should know is that you're not alone. Millions of people feel fear or anxiety about their dental appointments, and that is why modern dentistry offers excellent options for sedation dentistry that can help you get the quality dental care you need. Here's what you should know about sedation dentistry from Toronto Lakeshore Dental.
Nitrous oxide is an excellent option for patients who just need to "take the edge off" during their dental visit. It is administered in gas form through a mask that you wear during your procedure. It works quickly to help you feel relaxed during your procedure and leaves your system as soon as the mask is removed. Nitrous is also known as laughing gas due to the feelings of happiness and euphoria it produces.
Oral sedation is delivered through a pill that is prescribed by your dentist and taken one hour before your procedure. The medication helps you to feel deeply relaxed even though you are still conscious and responsive. In fact, some patients even report that they feel as if they were sleeping during their procedure. The medication also has an amnesic effect, so most patients have little to no memory of what happened during their appointment. You will need to arrange transportation to and from your appointment and plan to relax after your procedure due to the nature of the medication.
Patients who are having longer, more complex procedures, or who suffer from severe anxiety may benefit from utilizing IV sedation. Dr. Joo will administer medication intravenously, which allows him to make instant adjustments as needed throughout your procedure. Your heart rate and vital sign are constantly monitored as you are deeply relaxed during your appointment.
If you would like to learn more about your options for sedation dentistry in Toronto, ON, contact your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental today. We're happy to help get you back on the path to wellness!