For some people just the mere thought of going to the dentist is enough to make them break into a sweat. Some avoid going to the dentists like a plague and would rather endure the pain and discomfort of a toothache than visit the dentist’s office. In fact, according to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) about 30% of the population feel afraid or anxious about going to the dentist. This fear prevents them from receiving necessary dental care that can affect not only their teeth but also their overall health.
Here at Upper Thornhill Dental Care our goal is to help put your fears to rest and provide you with the best dental care. We value your dental health and will do everything to help you get the treatment you need while making you feel at ease. Whether you are having a routine teeth cleaning or some extensive dental work done, our team is here to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during your procedure.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a gentle way to help patients with their anxiety while providing necessary dental care. Upper Thornhill Dental Care provides sedatives to help patients have a positive dental experience while remaining relaxed and calm. Many call it “sleep dentistry” because the medication makes people sleepy. With the exception of general anesthesia, however, most of the time patients are awake, active and can respond to instructions. Sedation dentistry simply helps manage pain and alleviate the patients fear and anxiety.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
If you have always had the fear of dental procedures, Sedation Dentistry is an excellent option for you! Upper Thornhill Dental Care offers dental sedation to help you feel comfortable and anxiety-free during your visit. We offer gentle sedation dentistry that can be applied to most dental procedures from routine tooth cleaning to more complex dental surgeries.
Sedation can be safely performed for both adults and children who have extreme dental phobia or those who are in for long and complex dental procedures. We also recommend sedation for patients who have a hard time controlling movements during dental procedures, such as people with Parkinson’s or Cerebral Palsy.
Types of Sedation
Oral Sedatives – Often in a form of pills or liquid, we recommend that you take this medication 20 to 30 minutes before the procedure. Oral medication will make you feel calm, relaxed and may also cause you to forget the procedure. To manage pain, your dentist will provide a local anesthetic during the dental procedure.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Commonly known as “laughing gas”, breathing in nitrous oxide will allow you to feel relaxed, happy and stress-free during the dental procedure. We recommend this for short dental procedures as well as those with have a fear of needles.
Intravenous Sedation – This type of sedation is delivered via IV or injection, usually in the hand or arm. Much like oral sedation, the IV medication is meant to make the patient feel calm and relaxed but will not alleviate pain so local anesthetics are applied during the dental procedure.
Sedatives used to manage pain and anxiety during the treatment will wear off quickly after the procedure. Still, we strongly recommend that you have someone drive you home just to be on the safe side.
Finding the Right Sedation Dentist for You!
Our practice focuses on caring and compassionate family-friendly dentistry with the goal to help you and your family achieve beautiful smiles and overall dental health. Let Upper Thornhill Dental Care help make your dental visits an anxiety-free and positive experience by offering safe and effective sedation dentistry catered to your specific needs. For more information on pain management and sedation dentistry, give us a call.