As dentists of the Burnaby Community, we are committed to educating our clients about services we provide. We are often asked about sedation dentistry and below explains the service.
Sedation dentistry is a fantastic alternative for those who may require extensive dental work, such as a wisdom tooth extraction or some other form of oral surgery. Whether you require lengthy or multiple procedures, or find yourself paralyzed by fear, sedation dentistry allows you to undergo whatever dental work you require with greatly reduced anxiety, in relative comfort. But what exactly does sedation dentistry involve?
Just like doctors in medical practices use different types of sedation depending on the procedure and patient’s unique situation, so do dentists offer different levels of sedation. There are three types of sedation dentistry which may be a viable option for you.
1. Inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) when inhaled the nitrous oxide depresses the feeling of pain while allowing the patient to remain in a conscious state.
2. Oral sedation (anti-anxiety medication or sedatives in the form of pills or liquid) decreases patient anxiety by binding with receptors in the brain which tone down activity in those parts of the brain responsible for fear. They allow you to feel calm, relaxed, and sometimes even to sleep right through your dental procedure. Oral sedation is also beneficial in that it can be taken in the hours leading up to your appointment, which can be a great benefit for those who struggle with the common and sometimes overwhelming fear associated with dental work.
3. Intravenous (IV) sedation (drugs administered into the bloodstream through a vein) enables the patient to remain conscious during treatment, able to respond to questions or requests from the dentist, but in a totally relaxed state and relieved from any anxieties or discomfort. As well as inducing a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on, the drugs used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Many people remember nothing at all, making it seem that they were asleep during the procedure.
As with any form of dentistry, it is important that you feel comfortable with your dentist. If your dentist has recommended sedation to you or if you require a procedure that you feel you may prefer to undergo with the aid and benefit of sedation, do not hesitate to voice any questions or concerns that you may have. Patient comfort and trust are of utmost importance, and your dentist will be happy to address anything that is of concern to you.
Not all dentists offer sedation dentistry. The North Burnaby Dental Group however, works with a qualified specialist in IV sedation, assuring that your dental sedation experience is as good as it can possibly be. So if you’ve been procrastinating on necessary dental work or are held back by anxieties, fear not! Dental sedation may be just the solution you were looking for.