Does the thought of seeing your NW Calgary Dentist make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you avoid going to the dentist and moving forward with needed dental treatment due to anxiety, stress and fear? Well there’s good news – you don’t have to be scared anymore thanks to the option of Sedation Dentistry in NW Calgary.
Sedation Dentistry in Calgary – What to Expect
Dentists in Calgary who offer Sedation Dentistry know that it can make the difference between patients receiving quality dental care or suffering in discomfort due to avoiding seeing their dentist in Calgary. Not everyone views going to the dentist as a fun, health focused activity, that has them eager to book their next Check-Up and Cleaning in advance and book any necessary Restorative Treatment without skipping a heart-beat. Unfortunately, for some of us visiting our Calgary Dentist makes our head swirl, our stomachs churn and beads of sweat appear across our brow. Are we big sissies? – No – but we may benefit from the use of Sedation Dentistry.
Sedation Dentistry in Calgary does not mean being ‘put to sleep’. Going under a General Anesthetic for dental procedures – like jaw surgery – is not considered Sedation Dentistry and is performed in a hospital setting with an anesthesiologist. Sedation Dentistry involves the use of medication to create a relaxed, but conscious state. NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental explain that prior to administering any form of Sedation it’s imperative that a patient’s medical history be reviewed to ensure a patient is a suitable candidate.
NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental go on to review some of the more common Sedation Dentistry options of:
Nitrous Oxide – or laughing gas – would be considered a ‘light or mild’ sedation option used to take the edge off dental jitters. Suitable for patients of all ages, this long-time dental sedative, may be offered to patients who have a mild nervousness of the dentist and turn to this method of sedation to raise their overall mood while remaining conscious throughout the procedure. Administered by a ‘nose hood’ this safe and trusted form of Sedation Dentistry in Calgary has been relied on by dentists to help reduce patient anxiety. Side effects are minimal and are usually isolated to some mild tingling sensations.
IV Sedation – Intravenous Sedation is an option for Sedation Dentistry that involves the use of a sedative being administered directly in to the blood stream by use of an IV. Because the sedative is going directly in to the blood stream the effects are immediate. Patients often relay that they ‘fell asleep’ for the procedure – but they are actually conscious but in a heightened relaxed state. Due to the sleepy effects patients must have someone pick them up and drive them home as they are considered to be impaired – so don’t make any important decisions in the 24 hours following a IV Sedation Dentistry appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation – often the most popular choice for Sedation Dentistry in Calgary consists of a low dose oral sedative which allows patients to be fully conscious throughout their dental appointment – but in a relaxed state that reduces jaw clenching that would normally contribute to sore muscles and headaches. This form of Sedation Dentistry allows the patient to communicate with the dentist during treatment – but patients are not stressed by the usual noises, smells and pain that they may associate with going to the dentist. Taken in tablet form prior to the dental appointment – the patient is still considered impaired and requires someone to drive them home and stay with them for the next 24 hours.
Sedation Dentistry in Calgary – A Relaxed Dental Appointment
Dentists in Calgary are focused on providing stress free appointments to their patients. If you think you would benefit from the use of Sedation Dentistry contact Ranchlands Dental today – this team of NW Calgary Dentists understand what it takes to create a relaxed, pain-free experience. Welcoming New Patients this NW Calgary Dental office is available to answer your questions and concerns – call today.