Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Airdrie AB

Many people get butterflies in their stomach when thinking about going to the dentist. For some people, full-blown dental phobia keeps them away until they are suffering from badly decayed teeth. If people with dental phobia do manage to make it to the dentist, they’re so stressed their musculature is tight with anxiety, which makes procedures feel worse than they are. With the advent of sophisticated sedation techniques, no one has to fear getting the dental care they need.

At Sonata Dental in Airdrie, we give you lots of options to alleviate the fear of getting in the dentist’s chair prevents you from visiting the dentist.

  • Minimal sedation. Minimal sedation involves taking a relaxant orally about an hour before your procedure. You remain awake and aware but calm. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is also very common.
  • Moderate sedation. Also called conscious sedation, this kind of sedation will make you groggy but awake.
  • Deep sedation. You will be able to be awakened but will pass in and out of consciousness.
  • General anesthesia. You will stay unconscious until the sedative gets out of your system. General anesthesia in dentistry is identical to general anesthesia used in surgical procedures.

Methods of Sedation

At Sonata Dental in Airdrie, we offer a few different ways to relax during dental procedures, including:

  • Oral sedation dentistry. A pill taken orally produces a state of relaxation and drowsiness. You will stay awake, but you will feel groggy.
  • You have inhaled minimal sedation. Laughing gas is inhaled through a mask that covers your nose. It’s a safe way to eliminate anxiety and tension during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide wears off rapidly.
  • IV moderate sedation. Sedatives are delivered into the bloodstream through a needle in a vein. IV sedation dentistry near you works rapidly and can be modified as the procedure goes along. It will take several hours to wear off, so you’ll need someone to drive you home.
  • General anesthesia. Just like in general surgical procedures, general anesthesia yields complete unconsciousness. Again, you must have a driver to take you home after the procedure.

It’s a common practice for your dentist to numb the tissues around the surgical area, which will leave the site numb for a few hours. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for Airdrie sedation dentistry in T4B 3G4, just let us know! Our team serves many patients from Airdrie, Old Town, and Willowbrook.