What is sedation dentistry and am I a candidate?
Conscious sedation dentistry allows for both adults and children to complete the dental care that they require. Sedation is a great option for anyone who is anxious or afraid of having a needle, hearing the sound of the drill or simply even going into the dental office!
Who would benefit from sedation dentistry?
Sedation would also benefit those who have a strong gag reflex since the medication helps to alleviate the gagging response. For those who experience sore jaw muscles during a long dental appointment, sedation helps to relax the muscles and make the appointment more comfortable. Sedation is beneficial for those who lead a busy lifestyle and would like to do as much as possible in one dental visit. People who have difficulty being completely frozen would also benefit from sedation dentistry since sedation aids in pain control.
Would my fearful child benefit from sedation dentistry?
Conscious sedation is a wonderful option for children who are afraid of dental treatment such as fillings or extractions. It is important for such dental treatment to be done and sedation enables kids to have the necessary dental work completed in just one easy appointment! The child will thereby have a positive and comfortable experience and will not be traumatized by a negative experience for the rest of his/her life.
How does sedation dentistry work?
With oral conscious sedation dentistry you can have dental work completed in relaxed way! Your comfortable state can be achieved with nitrous (laughing) gas, sedation pills or a combination of the two. During the appointment we will assess your level of sedation and ensure that you are at ease throughout. You can have all the required dental care completed and thereby return to excellent oral health!
With oral conscious sedation, hours will seem like minutes! Luckily, sedation medications have an amnesic effect which means most individuals have very little, if any, memory of the sights, smells or sounds of the visit. Another benefit of sedation dentistry is that it relaxes a strong gag reflex, making a dental appointment much more comfortable.
Are you a good candidate for oral sedation?
Contact Capital Smiledocs to make your first appointment! We understand that this can be difficult for an anxious people and we will go out of our way to make the experience as easy and comfortable as possible! During the welcoming visit, we spend time speaking to you about your dental wants and needs so that we can provide you with an individualized treatment plan.
The first visit is to gather information regarding your health and, if you are comfortable, we will take x-rays and look into your mouth. We will go at a pace that is comfortable to you and we will stop whenever you need us to which gives you total control over the appointment. You will never be judged or embarrassed, we are here to help you!
To prepare for your sedation visit, we may provide you with medication to take one hour prior to coming to your dental appointment. After assessing your level of anxiety, we may give you a prescription for a sedative to take the night before your first appointment to guarantee a good night’s sleep and to make sure you wake up relaxed!
On the day of treatment, your companion will bring you to the office. Additional medications may be provided to allow for the ultimate in relaxation. Our experienced sedation team will monitor you throughout your entire visit.
After your dental treatment, you will be going home with a healthier smile! Your companion will take you home and stay with you until you’re completely recovered from your sedation medication. The next day, most patients feel little or no discomfort from the dental visit and we are positive you’ll be thrilled with your experience at Capital Smiledocs!
Are you delaying dental treatment that you may need and want? Perhaps you are terrified to pick up the phone to schedule? Do you have pain when you eat? Maybe you have trouble with gagging while at the dental office? Looking to have a healthy smile or more confidence? Overwhelmed by thoughts of repeated visits to the dentist? You are not alone! There are many others just like you and we can help! To find out more about oral conscious sedation and a realize a relaxed visit to the dental office please contact us at either one of our locations.
We can be reached in the Stittsville office at 613 831-8000 or our Ottawa (Alta Vista) office at 613 733-0909.