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5 Signs You’re a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can make your visit to the Calgary dentist much more pleasant and fast. Here’s how to know if sedation dentistry is right for you.

Many Canadians suffer from anxiety or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. This can complicate access to essential dental treatment and it can negatively impact your quality of life, as well as your physiological and psychological well-being. 

It’s important to visit your Calgary dentist regularly because: 

  • Regular visits lower your risk of developing serious health concerns, such as heart disease and stroke
  • Your dentist can detect oral problems, such as tooth decay, early on, before they require extensive and expensive treatment
  • Regular cancer screenings can be performed and any issues that are detected can be treated early on for the best outcome
  • Professional dental cleanings can reduce tartar buildup, keep your smile white, and lower your risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss

Our NW Calgary Dentists Offer Safe and Affordable Sedation Dentistry Services 

At our NW Calgary dental clinic, we offer quality and affordable dentistry services, including sedation dentistry, wisdom tooth removal, teeth whitenings, and more. Whatever your needs, we’ll do everything we can to make your appointment as seamless and stress-free as possible. 

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5 Signs You’re a Good Candidate For Sedation Dentistry 

The majority of people are never excited to visit the dentist, but most can tolerate the procedures and routine teeth cleanings. However, if your anxiety about dental work has you skipping the dentist altogether, there are options out there to make your appointments stress and pain-free. 

Here’s how to tell if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry: 

1. Dental Work is Typically Painful For You 

For people who have sensitive gums and teeth, or other dental problems, going to the dentist can be more painful. If this pain and discomfort is keeping you from receiving the critical dental treatment you require, talk to your dentist to see if sedation is the right choice for you.

2. Visiting the Dentist Makes You Extremely Anxious 

The most obvious use for sedation dentistry is for people who truly fear visiting the dentist. If you fall in this category, then sedation dentistry may be an excellent option for you. It’s less overwhelming than IV sedation and will leave you conscious enough to respond if needed, but sedated enough that you won’t be aware of any pain or anxiety. 


3. You Have to Undergo a Long Dental Procedure 

If you are going to undergo a complex or invasive procedure, then you might be feeling a little anxious about the prolonged pain associated with such treatments. Oral sedation will allow you to keep calm throughout the long process, and even help your dentist work faster and more efficiently.

4. You Don’t Want to Be Fully Knocked Out 

Oral sedation is typically minimal or moderate, meaning that you will be awake during your procedure, only relaxed and groggy. This makes sedation dentistry the perfect option for patients who are afraid of needles, or who don’t want to be fully unconscious.

5. You Are Bothered by Sounds, Smells, and Other Sensations 

Many people find the smell of the dentist’s office or the sound of the drill to be disturbing or uncomfortable. Other patients have strong gag reflexes that make dental work harder. If you find that certain sensory experiences in the dental office are unpleasant, then sedation dentistry will help you avoid them, while ensuring you maintain excellent oral health. 

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To find out more about our affordable and safe sedation dentistry services and how our dentists can help make your appointment as pleasant and stress-free as possible, contact our Calgary dental clinic at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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