Many Canadians do not visit their dentist for routine checkups because they feel uneasy or suffer from dental anxiety.

Sedation dentistry is a valuable solution to provide a safe, anxiety-free experience to those who feel uneasy about visiting their dentist.

A common misconception about sedation dentistry is that it induces sleep in the patient. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during procedures. Nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit, and sleepiness is only a side effect of some medications.

Sedatives can be taken by the mouth, which means no injections, no anxiety and no pain.

Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety is alleviated.
  • Few side effects.
  • More can be accomplished during each visit.
  • No needles.
  • No pain.
  • Perfectly safe.
  • Procedures seem to take less time.
  • What kind of sedatives are available?

The most commonly used dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

Depending on individual’s needs there are a few different sedation options (mild, moderate, and deep) that can be used for the procedure. Prior to administering any of the aforementioned dental sedatives, the dentist will conduct a full analysis of the patient’s medical history, to ensure it does not induces any medical side effects.