Sedation Dentistry in Calgary

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, as the name suggests, involves using sedatives during dental procedures. Depending on the level of sedation, sedation dentistry causes a relaxed state or a light sleep. If you are one of the almost 50% of Canadians who have avoided the dentist due to fear, sedation dentistry could help you get the care you need without the anxiety you usually associate with the dentist.

The dental professionals at Imagine Dental have extensive experience offering sedation dentistry and are pleased to provide this service for patients aged 12 and older.

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Types of Sedation Offered at Imagine Dental

Before we start any procedure, we will thoroughly discuss all sedation options with you so that you fully understand the process and any associated risks. Then, we will work with you to determine which form of sedation best suits your needs.

IV Sedation

IV sedation dentistry can be used in two ways: either as general anesthesia to induce a state of unconsciousness, or as a part of conscious sedation to keep the patients awake, yet relaxed and comfortable.

Our dental professional will insert an intravenous (IV) tube directly into your vein so the sedative can be carefully administered, adjusted, and controlled throughout your procedure. Once the IV is inserted, the effects of the sedative are immediate, and the patient will remain relaxed for the duration of the procedure.

It is important to note that after your sedation you can have absolutely nothing in your mouth for 6 hours, and no driving for 24 hours.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a sedative by mouth before your procedure. Oral sedation leaves you awake for the procedure but significantly relaxes your mind and body. Many anxious patients can benefit from this type of dentistry.

In this style of conscious sedation, the patient is awake but their mind and body are very relaxed. Patients are usually able to respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure and can communicate any discomfort to the dental team. Afterward, you will need a ride home from the dental office as you will not be able to drive or go to work. The sedative typically wears off by the next day, so you should be able to return to work or school then.


Your Dental Comfort Zone

At Imagine Dental, we understand visiting the dentist may not be the most pleasant experience for some people. Many patients experience fear, anxiety, and stress at the mere thought of sitting in the dental chair.

Your dental care is an important and vital part of your overall health and wellness and should never be ignored. To help ensure that each patient has a pleasant, comfortable experience and gets the dental work they need for a healthy and happy smile, Imagine Dental offers a range of sedation dentistry options.

Do not put off your dental work! Book an appointment with our dental professionals today to learn more about how sedation dentistry can work for you.

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When Is Sedation Dentistry Used?

Sedation dentistry can be used for almost any dental procedure, depending on the patient’s needs. Patients with full-blown dental phobias, or even mild dental anxiety, may opt for sedation dentistry to make their dental exams and cleanings more pleasant.

Even patients who are not usually anxious may opt for sedation during long, complicated, or uncomfortable procedures. We are happy to discuss your options in more detail.

Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Patients should be in good physical health in order to safely undergo sedation. Talk to your dentist and your family doctor to determine if sedation dentistry is an option for you.

In addition to nervous patients, sedation dentistry can be a great option for patients who:

  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have a fear of oral needles or injectable anesthetics
  • Are allergic to local anesthetics
  • Have experienced a previously traumatic dental experience
  • Have an overly sensitive mouth
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Are sensitive to clinic sights and sounds
  • Have a physical or mental condition that impedes the ability to stay still
  • Need to undergo a long, complicated dental procedure or multiple procedures in one visit

Sedation dentistry is safe for children and elderly patients. For children, we recommend you discuss sedation dentistry with your pediatrician before your child undergoes the procedure. For elderly patients, we will discuss any medical conditions or medications that could interfere with the sedation so that we can mitigate risk and avoid complications.

Before & After Sedation Dentistry

There are several things you can do before and after you undergo sedation dentistry that may improve your experience.

  • Follow all instructions given by our dental professionals regarding food intake or medications.
  • Avoid alcohol and large meals for at least 24 hours before your procedure.
  • Have a friend or family member accompany you to your appointment and drive you home afterwards.
  • Have a friend or family member stay with you until the sedative wears off.
  • If necessary, arrange appropriate childcare.
  • Do not drive or operate any hazardous equipment immediately after your appointment.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Do not exercise for up to 24 hours after your procedure.

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