SEDATION SERVICES & NERVOUS PATIENTS
Are you nervous about visiting the dentist? We can help! Our team offers sedation services to help you get the oral health treatment you need, and to make your visit to Dentistry in Newmarket a little easier.
We want you to feel comfortable.
In order to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible, your dentist may recommend anesthesia to reduce your dental anxiety. There are different types of dental anesthesia, depending on your individual needs.
Some patients need or prefer higher levels of anesthesia based on their levels of anxiety. A thorough medical history review is required prior to any type of anesthesia administration.
Types of Sedation:
An anti-anxiety agent, such as nitrous oxide or an oral sedative, such as valium, can be administered in combination with a local anesthetic for pain. During conscious sedation, the patient will remain calm, yet is still responsive.
Nitrous oxide is another anesthetic agent used by dentists. It is a safe and effective method of relieving discomfort and anxiety. A major benefit is that you remain in complete control while feeling calm and relaxed. The effects of this sedation are short lived and are used for shorter procedures.
The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and the amount of sedation is adjusted for each individual. It is administered through a mask and may be used alone or in conjunction with other pain management methods. Nitrous oxide may not be appropriate for people with mild-moderate anxiety and very young children.
General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation
This type of sedation is for more complex procedures and/or patients with severe anxiety. During general anesthesia, the patient is unconscious and unable to respond to verbal commands.
Local Anesthesia is the most common form of anesthesia used in a dental office. It is administered via injection or application of a gel to eliminate pain. Topical anesthetics or gels are used on specific areas to numb it in preparation for the injection. Topical and injectable local anesthetics are used prior to many procedures such as fillings, root canals, surgery and many other procedures where pain is anticipated.