Everyone experiences fear at some point in their lives. There are some fears for which avoidance is a perfectly reasonable reaction. But there are certain fears for which avoidance can lead to a decrease in quality of life, or even worse, can endanger your health. Individuals who have a specific phobia are presented with a choice: live with the uncomfortable symptoms of fear or take control and search for a solution. By visiting this website today, you’ve chosen door number two, and for that, we commend you.
Each year, millions of Canadians avoid the dentist. Some have had traumatic experiences as children. Others have had unpleasant experiences as adults. For many, it’s simply a matter of not having the time for lengthy appointments. Regardless of the reason, far too many of these individuals have simply stopped seeking routine dental care. Even when faced with the warning signs of pain and decay, these individuals still steer clear of the dentist.
Sedation dentistry provides a path free from fear
Thousands of dentists have chosen to be specially trained to implement sedation – to relax their patients, creating a safe and comfortable dental experience. These doctors understand that for far too many people, dental fear and anxiety complicates access to essential treatment. So how does sedation dentistry work? Sedation dentists use commonly prescribed sedation medications, called benzodiazepines, to calm their patients. These medications, which have been subjected to rigorous study, are administered orally and leave the patient fully alert and able to respond to questions, yet totally relaxed and unaware of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office.
Types of Dental Sedation
The 4 most common forms of sedation on offer are:
- Inhalation sedation (also known as “laughing gas”, “happy gas”, nitrous oxide, “gas and air”, relative analgesia)
- Oral sedation (anti-anxiety pills or a liquid)
- Intravenous (IV) sedation (drugs administered into the blood-stream through a vein – that’s what “intravenous” stands for)Heart disease
- General Sedation – General Anaesthesia (GA) refers to being “put to sleep”. During GA, patient is unconscious.