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Functions of Sedation Dentistry

December 20, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Ellie Moore
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We all know that visiting the dentist regularly is vital towards staying healthy. However, dental anxiety is a very common issue, and it prevents many people from getting the care that they need. Finding a way to feel more comfortable at the dentist can help you get in for those regular exams and cleanings, which helps prevent more serious, invasive dental issues from occurring. 

How Sedation can Help You

Sedation dentistry comes in many forms. While most people are comfortable with just a small amount of nitrous oxide, which provides a calming effect, there are also more intense forms of sedation. If you are simply dealing with anxiety for doing even small procedures at the dentist, nitrous oxide is a great choice. You can still drive after your procedure, and this form sedation simply takes the edge off of being in the dental chair. 

Oral sedation is another option that you can use before a dental procedure. This is a pill that should be taken about an hour before your appointment, and you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the dental office, and you should take the rest of your day off from your normal activities like work. Oral sedation will keep you awake and responsive but in a very relaxed state. It's common for patients to have little to no memory of the procedure after using this form of sedation. 

Lastly, IV sedation is also a common choice for sedation dentistry. This is typically used for more invasive procedures that require the patient's mouth to be open for a very long period of time. Like oral sedation, you'll need to arrange for transportation to and from the dentist and should take the rest of the day off. This is administered by an IV, as you may have expected, and the dentist will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure since you will be completely asleep. This also means that you'll have no memory of any procedures that are completed during this time. 

Sedation Dentistry Toronto

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment for an exam to get started, give our office a call today for more information! We look forward to working with you.