We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure that you have a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer sedation for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent you from having the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.
There are different types of sedation options, and you and your doctor will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give you the care you need while ensuring your comfort every step of the way.
Sedation for your dentistry is closely regulated by the Alberta Dental Association & College, who have established protocol for your safety when undergoing treatment in a dental clinic. We offer two types of sedation to our patients; mild oral sedation and moderate IV sedation.
We understand that you may have many questions about sedation for your dentistry before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about our sedation services.
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.
No. You will still be conscious and responsive but you will be in a deep state of relaxation.
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.
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.
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 doctor about sedation for your dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:
If you feel that you could benefit from sedation for your dentistry at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.