How Sedation Dentistry Can Improve your Dental Experience

How Sedation Dentistry Can Improve your Dental Experience

Jul 01, 2020

It is a known fact that every three out of five people get anxious whenever they have to go in for a dental appointment or procedure. This should give you some comfort, knowing that you are not alone and that the phobia or anxiety you face when you think of your upcoming dental procedure is normal.

It will amaze you to know that dental anxiety and phobias keep people from visiting our dentist in Woodbridge until their dental conditions can no longer be put off. This tends to impact their overall oral health and well-being negatively.

Dental issues that are left unchecked for extended periods may manifest into full-blown conditions, which will force you to spend more money and time in our dentist’s office treating the dental conditions.

Sedation dentistry has transformed most of our patient’s lives, particularly those that suffer from dental anxiety and phobia. They no longer have to avoid dental visits due to the anxiety they develop at the thought of having to undergo dental procedures.

They opt to undergo sedation during their dental procedures with our experienced and certified sedation dentist. This drastically improves their overall oral health.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Despite how sedation helps patients cope with dental anxiety, there are still several people who are afraid of undergoing sedation during dental procedures.

It is perfectly understandable why anyone would fear sedation, simply because what we imagine when we picture sedation is being unconscious and unresponsive for the entire duration of the procedure.

Yes, sedation can indeed elicit such an effect, but it does not always have to be the case. There are different forms of sedation in dentistry, and our dentist can help you pick out what suits you best and is right for the procedure you are undergoing.

Sedation dentistry is perfectly safe, particularly if it is provided by a certified and trained professional. Not every dentist is certified to practice or issue deep sedation.

You always have to be sure that the dentist you are working with is accredited to do so, or has a certified anesthesiologist present within the dental team before you agree to be put under sedation.

Different Types of Sedation Applied in Dental Procedures

Understanding what forms of sedation are available for you can help shed some light on this matter, and help you eradicate any fear you may have about sedation.

Types of sedation include:

  • Oral sedation

These are anti-anxiety drugs usually given to the patient a few minutes before undergoing a dental procedure, to make a patient feel relaxed and anxious free during the procedure.

This sedation type will not render you unconscious, but you may experience some drowsiness, slight amnesia, and may need to be driven home afterwards.

This form of sedation is suitable for you if you fear needles or dental equipment such as drills also if you have a gag reflex problem.

  • Inhalation Sedation

It is a light form of conscious sedation. It utilizes nitrous oxide or laughing gas administered through a gas mask to help you stay calm and comfortable during your procedure.

Under this form of sedation, you will be relaxed, fully conscious and aware of your environment during the entire treatment.

Our dentist will regulate the amount of sedative that you will need to keep you at ease until the treatment is done. You will be able to drive yourself home afterward.

  • IV Sedation

This involves administering general anesthesia intravenously to ensure you stay unconscious and comfortable for the procedure. Under this form of sedation, you will be unaware of everything going on and will have no recollection of what went on during the procedure afterwards.

This form of sedation has to be administered by a certified dentist or trained anesthesiologist. At our facility, you will be in good hands during dental treatments that call for this sedation because our dentist, Dr. Lotfi, is certified to administer IV sedation.

This sedation is a viable option for you if you suffer from severe dental anxiety or phobia, or you need to undergo an extensive or invasive dental procedure.


Some benefits of sedation:

  • Ensures patients who suffer from dental anxiety and phobia still get to receive much needed dental treatments and procedures. This guarantees that their dental health will not be negatively impacted despite their dental fears.
  • Some patients have an easily triggered gag reflex, sedation reduces the gag reflex, making it easier for our dentist to work on them.
  • Enables our dentist to execute dental procedures faster because patients are calm, more cooperative and relaxed while under sedation.
  • Guarantees a pain-free dental experience
  • Eradicates the development of anxieties into phobias by triggering anterograde amnesia. Patients with dental anxiety cannot remember anything they experienced during the procedure. Meaning that their brain will not be able to build upon their already existing fears.

At Woodbridge Comfort Dental Care, we are all about ensuring that you will have a pain free and comfortable dental experience.

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