Most people have some anxiety about visiting the dentist’s office. You never know what your dentist will find, and whether it will require treatment. If you’ve been postponing a dental appointment because you are terrified of undergoing procedures, talk to us about our sedation dentistry options.
Dental sedation is a treatment option for anyone who suffers from high levels of fear or anxiety, a strong gag reflex, exceptionally sensitive teeth or a low pain threshold. It’s especially suitable for children, special needs patients, and anyone who needs to have extensive dental work done in a limited amount of time.
Some general dental offices offer conscious sedation. Unconscious sedation is usually administered by a dental specialist. Methods of administering the sedation also varies.
This type of sedation is aimed at relaxing you and reducing your anxiety, as well as enabling you to accept the treatment without unnecessary stress. It can be delivered in several different ways.
Most patients are drowsy under conscious sedation but are still able to respond when spoken to directly.
Some dental procedures require full anesthesia, which is used in cases such as the extraction of multiple teeth, jaw surgery, or the placement of multiple dental implants. These types of oral surgery are usually done in a hospital environment under the direction of a surgeon or anesthesiologist. Even though many of these dental procedures only require light anesthetic, it’s important to have a qualified person overseeing the event.
It’s important to realize sedation doesn’t help you to not feel pain. For most dental procedures, the dentist will inject numbing agents into the tissue surrounding the area to be worked on, just as they do when you are fully awake. This is essential for most root canal therapies and tooth extractions, excluding wisdom teeth which often require general anesthesia.
Many people think they are able to handle dental visits without sedation. If any of these situations sounds familiar, however, you might be better off choosing sedation:
Speak to your dentist about the level of sedation you need. It’s always possible to start off with very light sedation and increase it according to your needs.
For more information about our sedation options, contact our dental clinic in Scarborough at 416-267-4661 or click here to book online.
Do you ever feel nervous about dentist appointments? Rest assured: we cater to nervous and anxious patients in a gentle and considerate manner. Call us now to schedule a free consultation!