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Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Are you feeling stressed out or afraid of your next dental appointment? Is your dental anxiety leading you to avoid visiting your dentist? Then you might be a candidate for oral sedation dentistry.

For a lot of people in Calgary, a trip to the dentist is not a pleasurable experience. A large portion of us can suffer from anxiety when we need to visit our dentist, which can lead to us delaying and skipping our regular dental checkups. Without regular dental checkups, we are at risk of developing oral health issues such as:

  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Oral cancers

We want to make your visit to the dentist as comfortable and pain-free of an experience as possible. For our patients who suffer from dental anxiety, or are not comfortable in a dentist's chair, oral sedation dentistry is an option for them.

Remain Comfortable During Your Dental Appointment: Try Oral Sedation Dentistry!

At Marlborough Dental Centre in NE Calgary, we offer extensive oral sedation dentistry services to make your dental appointment as comfortable as possible. If you have been putting off your trip to the dentist out of fear or discomfort, try oral sedation dentistry for your next appointment!

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What Is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Also known as oral conscious sedation, oral sedation dentistry is almost exactly what it sounds like, dental work performed on the patient while they are sedated.

First, we must ensure that oral sedation dentistry is a safe option for you. Upon determining that oral sedation dentistry is a safe and preferred option for you, an oral sedation dentistry appointment will be scheduled.

At your appointment, you will be given an oral sedative in pill form to be taken at your designated appointment time. The sedative is fast-acting and will quickly put you into a deep state of relaxation and calm. The sedation will remove any dental anxiety you are feeling and likely result in little to no memories about the dental operation.

Once the procedure is complete, your dental appointment is over free of stress and discomfort, and you are free to go home. We will make sure that a responsible adult takes you home while the sedative wears off.


Who Is Oral Sedation Dentistry For?

Many patients prefer oral sedation dentistry due to how easy and comfortable it is. However, to ensure the safety of all our patients, health factors are considered before recommending sedation dentistry.

Oral sedation dentistry is recommended for patients who have:

  • Overly sensitive oral nerves
  • Dental anxiety or phobias
  • To undergo a lengthy dental procedure
  • Severe gag reflex
  • Poor experience from a past dental procedure or treatment

If any of the above seems relevant to you and your situation, contact us to book a consultation to see if your next appointment can be a sedation dentistry appointment.


Who Is Oral Sedation Dentistry Not For?

Many health factors make oral sedation dentistry difficult or unsafe for some patients. Oral sedation dentistry is not recommended for patients who:

  • Are currently pregnant
  • Have respiratory problems such as asthma or pulmonary disease
  • Have insomnia, sleep apnea, or narcolepsy
  • Are overweight

What Does Oral Sedation Feel Like?

The feeling that comes from oral sedation dentistry is a calm, tranquil, relaxed feeling. The sedative will make you feel slightly drowsy and completely pain-free, thus allowing your dentist to complete the necessary procedures without any pain.

After the oral sedative is administered, the drug's effects will last throughout the duration of the procedure and for several hours afterwards. Patients typically experience 2-8 hours of effects from the sedative upon completion of the dentist's appointment. However, the exact amount of effects depends on the person and their dosage, among other factors.

How Will I Benefit From Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Many of our patients who try sedation dentistry once are incredibly pleased with the results that they achieve. The three main benefits that our patients report are:

1. Faster appointment duration: While you are under sedation, our dentists will be able to work through their procedures at a quicker rate. This is because they will not have to work with the patient moving around in the chair, which slows them down. This also saves on costs since less total time is spent during your appointment.

2. Responsiveness without the stress: Being sedated does not mean being asleep. Sedation only relaxes the mind and reduces anxiety, stress, and discomfort. While under sedation, you will still be able to communicate with your dentist if you need to.

3. No more dental anxiety: The biggest benefit our patients receive is that they are more comfortable and less nervous before and during their appointments. While sedated, you will feel less bothered by the bright lights, loud noises, and powerful smells of a dentist's office, meaning you can be more relaxed and comfortable. 


Contact Us Today!

To learn more about our oral sedation dentistry, and to find out how we can help keep your dental costs down, contact our Calgary dental clinic at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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