Is Sedation Dentistry a Solution for Anxiety?

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you’re not alone. Reports show that 40 percent of Canadians worry about the potential pain and discomfort that they may encounter during regular hygiene appointments or more complex dental work (i.e. periodontics, extractions, etc.) While sedation dentistry can ease your mind and help you feel more relaxed during procedures, is it always right for you?

Below we’ve provided some information on sedation and sleep dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry administers medication to help patients relax and ease the pain during or after dental procedures. Although it’s commonly interchanged with sleep dentistry; the difference between the two is that sleep dentistry uses general anesthetics which makes you unconscious while, sedatives relax you, but won’t totally knock you out.

Common types of sedation/sleep dentistry:

Who is the most appropriate candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation is most appropriate for people with an overwhelming fear or anxiety that prevents them from going to the dentist. It can generally help patients get through many types of dental work (i.e. root canals, extractions, dental implants/dentures, etc), but is not typically offered for regular dental cleanings, x-rays, and other routine care.

Other patients who may need sedation dentistry include:

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, but keep in mind that there are only a small percentage of dentists, oral, maxillofacial surgeons and dentist anesthesiologists who have completed the accreditations in sleep sedation and general anesthesia.

Here’s a checklist of what needs to be done if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry:

Our goal is for you to be relaxed and comfortable so you can enjoy a pleasant experience at our clinics. To determine if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry or experience any anxiety about dental procedures, please reach out to our dental professionals.

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