Sedation Dentistry Procedures
At Milltown Dental your comfort means the world to us. We can work with you to help you overcome mild to severe dental related anxiety, so your fears do not interfere with your need to receive effective dental care. One of the simplest solutions is using one of the many dental sedation techniques we offer at our office.
What are the different types of sedation techniques available?
Dr. Julie can discuss your fears and help you choose one of the following sedation methods:
- Nitrous Oxide: As already mentioned, this is commonly referred to as laughing gas. It provides calming, pain blocking effects allowing you to receive anxiety-free dental treatments. The gas is inhaled through a nose mask and instantly provides a euphoric effect. It is safe for patients of all ages. The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax and will not recognize pain, so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide decrease once the mask is removed so that you will be capable of leaving the office within a few minutes of your treatment without the need for someone to accompany you home.
- General Anesthesia: This is also called sleep dentistry. We apply general anesthesia to help relieve pain and reduce anxiety by helping you fall completely asleep during dental procedures. We advise this form of sedation if you suffer from intense dental fear. However, it is also used if you are undergoing major dental procedures. You will be completely asleep during your treatment, keeping you calm and comfortable. You will be completely unaware of what is happening. This can be used in hand with oral medication or IV sedation. You are safely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure you remain asleep. Once your treatment is complete, we will slowly wake you up. Your treatment will have been completed without any worries. Following treatment with this method of sedation, you will require someone to accompany you home.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: This is another form of sedation ideal to help relieve your dental related anxiety. This allows you to receive treatment using an oral sedative taken prior to your visit. We then apply nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas to add to the sedating effect. You can safely receive your treatment without the need to be put completely to sleep, yet you will be completely worry-free during the procedure. You are carefully monitored to ensure your comfort level is maintained and that you are safe. Following treatment with this method of sedation, you will also require someone to accompany you home.
- IV Conscious Sedation: This is also known as twilight sedation as it allows you to be completely sedated without being completely asleep. You will experience an altered state of consciousness, where you will feel completely relaxed and groggy. As with the other sedation methods, you will feel no pain or discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Throughout your procedure, you will be able to speak and take verbal cues from Dr. Julie. This allows you to let us know if you are fearful or experiencing any discomfort. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure which can also assist in reducing dental related anxiety. This method also requires you have a ride home.
Is dental sedation safe?
Dr. Julie is highly educated and experienced in applying sedation to her patients. We take every precaution to ensure your safety during your treatment, following the proper procedures and monitoring during dental sedation. This includes your blood oxygen level, blood pressure, temperature and heart rate. We also ensure that you are completely well and able to leave the office safely after sedation. Patients who receive sedation methods that require a drive home will not be allowed to leave the office unless they are accompanied by a loved one.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
There are many factors to be considered when it comes to sedation dentistry. Dr. Julie recommends sedation for patients who require complicated treatments as well as those who suffer from mild to severe dental anxiety. For most adults without serious health issues, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe. However, a review of your medical history will also be considered to ensure you do not suffer from any health issues that could make dental sedation inappropriate.
We only offer Nitrous Oxide and for any other sedation, they will be referred out.
If you would like more information about the different options of sedation dentistry, feel free to speak to our team by calling (905) 878-8528.