SLEEP DENTISTRY IN BRADFORD, KESWICK & ORANGEVILLE
Dental sedation techniques are very helpful in situations where the patient is anxious, fearful, or uncomfortable during their dental visits. Whether it is a mild aversion or a veritable phobia, there are a variety of sedation approaches that can accommodate the individual needs of fearful patients. Another instance in which sedation is extremely helpful is during longer procedures, as well as procedures that involve extensive dental work. This minimizes any discomfort that would normally come about with a lengthy or intrusive dental procedure.
Many of our patients have taken advantage of our dental sedation services when they visit us for a routine teeth cleaning or a more involved dental procedure. At RiverEdge Dental, there are four approaches that our dentists can take with dental sedation: general anaesthesia, IV sedation, oral conscious sedation, and nitrous oxide. Here’s what you can expect from each one:
Often referred to as sleep dentistry, general anesthesia is the strongest form of dental sedation that we offer. The sedative is administered intravenously, and the patient will “sleep” through the entire appointment. Patients that choose this form of sedation will need to arrange for transportation to and from the appointment since the sedative will stay within the system for some time after the appointment. The most common uses of general anesthesia in dental clinics are during wisdom teeth removals and dental implant surgeries.
IV CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Like general anesthesia, the sedative in IV conscious sedation is administered intravenously. However, the patient remains conscious throughout their dental appointment. The sedative simply makes the patient more relaxed and comfortable. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during these appointments due to the state of relaxedness that they are in. As with general anesthesia, patients that have an IV conscious sedation appointment scheduled need to arrange for transportation to and from their family dental clinic since the sedative will remain in their system for up to 24 hours.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Patients that opt for this method of dental sedation will be prescribed a sedative that is to be ingested orally prior to the appointment. The sedative medication makes patients feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their entire appointment. They remain conscious and can communicate directly with their dentist and dental hygienist to communicate their level of comfort.
Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” is administered through a mask that controls the levels, as well as the oxygen content. It creates a euphoric state that has the tendency to make patients feel giddy or laugh. In addition to creating that feeling of euphoria, nitrous oxide has the added benefit of subduing people’s sensitivity to pain. It is a wonderful technique that works for many patients with mild apprehension when it comes to their dental appointments. In a few instances, the nitrous oxide does not achieve the desired effect and an alternate method is explored. Unlike the heavier forms of sleep dentistry, it is generally okay to drive yourself home after a dental appointment when nitrous oxide is used.
Whether you have a great fear of the dentist or tend to experience moderate anxiety when you step into the dental office, we offer dental sedation options to ease your nerves. Contact RiverEdge Dental to learn more, or visit one of our dental clinics in Keswick, Bradford, or Orangeville.