If so, sedation dentistry in Kemptville, Kanata or Carleton Place could be right for you.
Sedation in dentistry has been used safely and effectively for many years. Thanks to the two forms of sedation dentistry we use at our clinics – IV sedation and nitrous oxide (a.k.a. “laughing gas”) – many patients are able to feel more at ease during their dental procedures.
What Is Sedation Dentistry? How Is It Effective?
Sedation dentistry is a bit of a catch-all category, in a sense, in that it covers a range of sedation levels and types.
Traditional dentistry was an either/or proposition; either you were fully awake for some procedures, such as teeth cleaning, fillings, etc. – or you were given a local anaesthesia (for fillings) or general anaesthesia (for tooth extractions, etc.).
Sedation, also called “twilight” by some people, is an in-between option. You’re technically awake during the dental procedure, but you’re given nitrous oxide or an intravenous sedative.
With sedation dentistry, the goal is not to have the patient “asleep” during the dental procedure, but rather to achieve the ideal level of comfort for patients so that the procedure seems less intimidating, less stressful and more relaxing.
The Two Types of Sedation Dentistry We Provide
At our dental clinics in Kemptville, Carleton Place and Kanata, we offer two types of sedation dentistry: IV Sedation and Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas). Let’s take a look at what each type of sedation dentistry entails.
IV Sedation: Dental Procedures Made Less Stressful
Thanks to IV sedation, dentistry has been able to bring down the level of stress, nervousness and even fear that some patients feel when they visit the dentist.
Dental phobias are not uncommon. As friendly and compassionate our team is here at Yazdani Family Dentistry, we understand that the combination of dental tools, probing, noises, sensations and procedures can make some folks feel uncomfortable.
Sometimes this extends beyond discomfort to heightened levels of stress and anxiety.
That’s the last thing you need!
With IV Sedation, dentistry practices such as ours in Kemptville, Carleton Place and Kanata are able to put our patients at ease with a simple injection that is professionally administered.
IV sedation is ideal for procedures such as:
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Root canal
- Tooth extraction
And other, rather intensive dental procedures.
Since IV sedation puts the patient in a sleepy, very relaxed state, it can take a while to wear off. That means if you’re coming into one of our dental clinics to get the IV form of sedation dentistry, we must request that, before leaving the clinic, you are accompanied by someone to drive you home.
But what if you have a fear of needles? Or if you’re coming in for a less intensive dental procedure?
Nitrous Oxide: Laughing Gas for Sedation Dentistry
The other type of sedation dentistry we offer is called “laughing gas” or, more formally, nitrous oxide.
You’ve probably had this done at some point or at least seen it in photos or on TV. Essentially a mask is placed over the patient’s nose and through that runs a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen.
Unlike a mask for a general anaesthesia gas, however, laughing gas gives just enough sedative so that the dental patient is relaxed and comfortable – but still awake and able to respond to questions or directions.
With laughing gas or nitrous oxide, many patients feel less anxiety and less stress about the dental procedure experience, be that for tooth fillings or other less intensive / invasive procedures.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You? Which Is Best?
If you have a significant dental procedure coming up, and/or you tend to feel anxious, stressed or fearful about visits to the dentist, talk to Yazdani Family Dental today about sedation dentistry in Kemptville, Carleton Place & Kanata.
Our experienced, knowledgeable and caring dental clinic teams will discuss your options with you and, if appropriate, will be able to administer sedation during your upcoming dental appointment.
Contact us today to find out more and book your next dental appointment.