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Consider Sedation Dentistry For A Better Dental Experience

Consider Sedation Dentistry For A Better Dental Experience

While going to the dentist is just another item on the to-do list for many people, some people struggle with it. The dentist can seem unpleasant for those who have sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, need several procedures, or have fears or anxiety related to the dentist. While all of these are perfectly valid reasons to be wary of a dental appointment, bi-annual dentist visits are the key to good oral health and a lack of oral disease. To make your trip to the dentist more pleasant, consider sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry, or oral conscious sedation, will put you in a state of relaxation but will not put you to sleep, so that you can still respond to the dentist and feel like yourself while making the experience much more pleasant and calm. Here’s how sedation dentistry can improve a visit to the dentist.

Reasons For Getting Sedation Dentistry

Minimize Gag Reflex
Some people have a very sensitive gag reflex that can be triggered even if dental equipment doesn’t reach very far into the mouth. If a patient requires work at the back of their mouth, a sensitive gag reflex can cause potential problems for the dentist as well as discomfort for the patient. Mild sedatives can help to limit the gag reflex to create a more comfortable procedure for the patient and to help make sure the dentist can do their work without stopping repeatedly to ensure the patient won’t be ill.

Reduce The Number Of Visits
If you receive sedation, it is easy to have multiple procedures completed at once instead of separating them into several sessions for pain or anxiety management. Sedation dentistry typically makes a patient much calmer during treatment and can have amnesic properties so that you do not remember the procedure, saving yourself from any discomfort. Having several dental issues addressed at once also helps to limit any healing time required of dental surgery, as the healing can happen concurrently instead of in several rounds that can take much longer.

Minimize Pain
We all know that some forms of dental procedures can be painful and require anaesthetic, but some people have very sensitive teeth and even less-invasive procedures can be painful. Sedation dentistry is a good option for those who have sensitive teeth or for those who associate the dentist with pain for any reason.

Stay Calm
Some people feel nervous or even fearful of the dentist. For some, the anxiety triggered by a trip to the dentist can make them stay away, but continually avoiding the dentist leads to worse oral health and more intense dental procedures in the future. Sedation dentistry can help patients relax while still staying awake and in control. The time spent at the dentist can feel as though it is going very quickly, so you can have your dental needs met while feeling like it took hardly any time. Sedation dentistry also has the potential to help reduce fears of the dentist as you may gradually stop associating it with stress and anxiety.

No Negative Side Effects
Sedation dentistry is completely safe and only has mild temporary side effects. Sedation may cause drowsiness, dry mouth, headaches, or fogginess of the mind, but all of these symptoms will subside within a few hours.

Sedation Dentistry In NE Calgary At Marlborough Dental

If you have a difficult time going to the dentist and you want to make your visits easier, consider sedation dentistry. At Marlborough Dental Centre in Calgary, our staff is focused on making your experience as pleasant as possible. After determining if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, we will give you all the needed instructions for before and after your sedation to set you up for a great experience. The Marlborough Dental Centre team is highly experienced in sedation dentistry and oral conscious sedation and our talented and comforting staff can ensure a pleasant dental experience for all. To book a dental appointment with Marlborough Dental Centre, call 1-403-248-2066 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry? 
A: Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients, however, this service is NOT recommended for patients who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are overweight
  • Have respiratory problems or asthma
  • Have obstructive sleep apnea

Q: Is it safe for my child to undergo sedation dentistry?
A: Absolutely. Sedation dentistry provides no greater risks for children than for adults. Sedation dental services have been safely administered for teens, children, infants, and newborns alike.

Q: Can any dentist perform sedation dentistry?
A: Not all dentists are trained or qualified to administer sedation dentistry. At Marlborough Dental Centre, our dentists and hygienists have decades of experience administering sedation dentistry for patients of all ages.

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