Dental Sedation

Our Edmonton dentists offer dental sedation options to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental procedures. 

What is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation refers to techniques used to calm anxious patients during a dental procedure or to make patients more comfortable during long procedures.

Your dentist can help determine if sedation is right for you, and which option will best suit your needs. 

Dental Sedation, Azarko Dental Group

Sedation Options at Azarko Dental Group

We offer the following types of sedation:

Mild Sedation

Oral sedatives are prescribed by your dentist and taken orally. About an hour before your procedure, you will be given a small pill to help you relax. Due to the sedative nature of the pill, you will not be able to drive home so will need someone to accompany. 

Moderate Sedation

IV sedatives are administered directly into the bloodstream through the vein for the deepest level of sedation without general anesthesia. Once your treatment is complete, you will wake up with little or no memory of the dental procedure. 

Sedation FAQs

We understand that you may have many questions about dental sedation before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about our sedation services.

Will I feel anything during my treatment?

In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.

Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?

No. You will still be conscious and responsive but you will be in a deep state of relaxation.

Is sedation safe?

Sedation to perform your dental procedures is provided in accordance with the Alberta Dental Association regulations and requirements. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, your doctor will help you decide if IV sedation is right for you.

How long will it take the sedation to wear off?

The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you've received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover.

Because sedation causes drowsiness, it is recommended that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment.

After your treatment, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery.

Am I a candidate for sedation for my dental treatment?

Most patients, from child to adult, who experience dental anxiety, may be a good candidate for sedation. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask your dentist about sedation as an option for your next dental treatment:

  • Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
  • Fear of needles and/or shots
  • Past traumatic dental experience Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist's office
  • Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
  • Need for a more complex dental treatment
  • Self-consciousness about one's teeth
  • Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment

Managing Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a common condition where a patient experiences fear about their dental appointments. Avoiding dental treatments can lead to a number of oral health issues so we do everything we can to help anxious patients feel relaxed and when they visit us.

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