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What is an Oral Sedation Dentistry Appointment Like?

Is a visit to the dentist one of your biggest fears? Do you have a hard time managing the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental clinic? Sedation dentistry may be an effective option to ensure your oral health is taken care of. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from a sedation dentistry appointment.

Most people do not enjoy going to the dentist. It is completely natural for us, as human beings, to feel quite uncomfortable in the incredibly unnatural setting of a dental clinic. However, your dentist is vital to your oral and total body health. Neglecting your oral health can lead to issues such as:

  • Gingivitis
  • Oral cancers
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Much more

Sedation dentistry is an excellent way to get around your fear of the dentist and take good care of your oral health. Continue reading to learn about what to expect from a sedation dentistry appointment and if it could be right for you.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

At Marlborough Dental Centre, a dental clinic located in NE Calgary, our team of dentists and dental hygienists have decades of experience providing safe and affordable sedation dental services for our patients. No matter if you are looking for teeth cleanings, dental crowns, dental bridges, or any other treatment, our team can create a sedation strategy for you.

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What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Have you ever felt scared, anxious, or uncomfortable before or during a trip to the dentist? If so, then sedation dentistry might be right for you! Sedation dentistry refers to when a patient is sedated by an oral contraceptive that helps them relax during their procedure and allows the dentist can perform the necessary treatments in a timely, effective, and comfortable manner. While most commonly thought of as an option for lengthy dental procedures and surgeries, it is also available for a wide variety of dental services, and for both children and seniors alike!

How Does the Process Go?

If you are debating oral sedation dentistry but are looking for more information on the semantics of your appointment, you've come to the right place.

The Consultation

The first part of your sedation dentistry exam is to ensure that you are a good candidate for this service. In your initial consultation with one of our NE Calgary dentists, one of our expert dentists will work with you to learn about your reasoning for inquiring about sedation dentistry and ensure that it is safe for your specific medical situation. You may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry if you:

  • Suffer from dental fears or anxiety
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex or oral nerves
  • Will be undergoing a long dental procedure
  • Are not pregnant
  • Do not have medical issues such as respiratory diseases or insomnia
  • Are not overweight 


The Appointment

At your appointment, you will be provided with a prescribed dose of oral sedative before your appointment. The sedative will begin to take effect rapidly. You will begin to feel more relaxed and without any anxiety about your surroundings or the dentist. Many people believe that sedation is the same as sleeping, but this is not the case. Your sedative will only put you into deep conscious sedation, where you will still be awake and alert to the dentist. Oral sedation is designed this way so that the dentist can continue to communicate with you if it is required.

You may be thinking that if it doesn't put me to sleep, why should I opt for it? However, you would be missing the goal of sedation dentistry, which is to make the patient more comfortable, while still being able to complete all of the required dental work.

After The Procedure  

Upon completing your procedure, you will likely have little to no memory of the appointment. Don't worry, it is completely normal, and honestly preferred by many patients who do want to remember any experiences they may find frightful.

Because the drug is a relatively strong sedative, you will most likely feel very groggy and with poor motor function. This is why we make sure that there is a suitable, responsible adult with you to take you home. So if you are starting to plan your sedation dentistry appointment, start planning for who you want to be with you to help you out at the end!

Once you feel like your normal self again, you may want to reflect on the experience to decide if you wish to continue with sedation dentistry moving forward. At Marlborough Dental Centre, after their appointments, many of our patients report the following benefits:

  • Anxiety relief
  • Quicker appointment times
  • A complete absence of discomfort
  • More positive associations towards the dentist


Contact Our NE Calgary Dental Clinic to Book Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment

Are you now convinced that sedation dentistry is a good option for you? Are you ready to feel comfortable and relaxed at the dentists' office? Our oral sedation services may be just what you need to eliminate your anxiety and make your appointment as easy for you as possible. To learn more about the costs, benefits, and details about sedation dentistry, contact our team at 403-248-2066 or by fill in our online contact form below!

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