Ease Your Fear with Sedation Dentistry at Medora Dental Care
As one of Abbotsford, BC’s most trusted dentists, the team at Medora Dental Care loves all things dentistry. However, we understand not all people feel the same way. It’s perfectly natural to feel anxious about visiting the dentist, and many patients even have real phobias of dental work. Despite fears and anxiety, we all still need to visit the dentist from time to time, be it for a root canal or porcelain crown fitting. If the thought of setting foot in the dentist’s office makes you nervous, consider sedation dentistry. This option is an excellent way to maintain your oral health with regular checkups while leaving anxiety attacks at the door. We believe everyone deserves a healthy smile, regardless of their fears!
Choose Pain-Free Procedures with Sedation Dentistry
When asked what makes them afraid of going to the dentist, many of our Abbotsford patients say pain. After all, who wouldn’t assume a tooth extraction has to be painful? With sedation dentistry, however, you can virtually eliminate the chances of feeling any pain, no matter what procedure you need. Most patients we treat at Medora Dental Care report feeling no discomfort during their visit, and many of them barely remember the procedure at all. In addition to minimizing pain, sedation dentistry also reduces gag reflexes and decreases the patient’s ability to smell, taste, or hear for much of the procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Besides pain, sedation dentistry boasts several more benefits. For one, a sedated patient is easier and safer to treat than one who moves around throughout the procedure. In this way, sedation dentistry minimizes the amount of time your Abbotsford dentist visit will take. Medora Dental Care patients also experience very few side effects of sedation and can choose from sedatives in pill form to avoid ones requiring needles.
What Kinds of Sedatives Are Available?
Here at Medora Dental, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Different levels of sedation can be utilized depending on individual needs.
Nitrous Oxide: The Mildest Option in Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is commonly used as a mild sedative. It is administered through a nose hood throughout the entire procedure. The sedative elevates the patient’s mood and can elicit a sense of well-being. Nitrous oxide relieves anxiety and reduces pain during dental procedures for patients who fear to go to the dentist. Some numbness and tingling can be felt from the sedative. It has very few side effects and has been used safely in dental practices for over 100 years.
Pill Sedation: No Pain and No Needles During Your Procedure
For those who want something a little stronger than laughing gas as they undergo a root canal or tooth extraction, we offer oral conscious sedation options. This relaxation method involves taking a pill meant to induce moderate sedation. The medication we use to sedate patients is a benzodiazepine. These drugs ease anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms, and are only effective for a specific period of time. Using these medications for sedation dentistry doesn’t put the patient to sleep, but instead makes them feel groggy. Many Medora Dental Care patients say they don’t remember any pain, sounds, or smells from the procedure. Pill sedation allows you to be awake during your time in the dentist’s chair, but unaware of your procedure.
IV Sedation: Opt for a Semi-Sleep Like State
Rather than nitrous oxide or pill sedation, some patients opt for IV sedation. Although many people confuse IV sedation with general anesthesia, they are not interchangeable. General anesthesia puts patients to sleep, where IV sedation puts patients in a semi-sleep-like state. They cannot remember undergoing the procedure, nor do they recall any sounds, smells, or tastes either. However, IV sedation at Medora Dental Care does involve needles. If you have anxiety surrounding needles, pill sedation is likely your best bet.
Safety is Paramount at Medora Dental Care
At Medora Dental Care, we talk to numerous patients who are concerned about the safety of sedation dentistry. We’re here to reassure you that all of our sedation techniques are safe for nearly all of our Abbotsford patients. After checking your medical history, our experienced team will be able to tell you if you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry. The only additional precaution you’ll need to take is to plan for someone else to drive you home.
Ask Us Your Questions About Sedation Dentistry
No matter why the dentist gives you anxiety or induces fear, we don’t want you to skip regular dental visits. Medora Dental Care is happy to discuss sedation dentistry with any patients who may be interested in this calming technique. Contact us for more information on sedation dentistry or to schedule your next appointment.