The dedicated dental professionals at River Edge Dental in Keswick, Bradford, or Orangeville know that many patients may consider visits to the dentist to be nerve racking. If you consider yourself or a loved one (children for example) as a nervous patient— or if you will require a more extensive dental procedure— you may benefit from sedation dentistry, which is otherwise known as “sleep dentistry”, administered by using general anesthesia.
Depending on each patient's individual concerns and requirements, River Edge Dental may advise the use of an oral sedative or intravenous (IV) sedation, both of which are safe and efficient.
Oral Conscious Sedation
At River Edge Dental, any procedure that requires a patient to be treated under oral sedation will be supplied with a prescription to be taken prior to the dental appointment. This allows for the patient to feel calm and relaxed before arriving for their treatment. Further, our dentists may offer to administer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, prior to your procedure in order to deepen the feeling of relaxation provided by the oral sedative.
Our top priority is to ensure that while every patient is being monitored to ensure their safety, they also feel calm and at ease.
Nitrous Oxide and how does it work?
Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is used during surgeries or dental procedures because it prevents pain and provides the patient with a euphoric comforting feeling.
By using nitrous oxide, patients feel more relaxed and less anxious. It is inhaled through a facial mask and is safe for people of all ages. The dental professionals at River Edge Dental always carefully assess and monitor the amount of gas each patient will receive in order to ensure their safety.
Once administered, the patient will gradually begin to feel less anxious, and when they’re completely relaxed, the dentist performs the procedure while the patient remains completely comfortable. Then as soon as the mask is removed, the euphoric state will decrease. So when administered alone (without any other form of anesthesia), many patients are capable of driving home and going about their usual daily activities without any issues.
IV Conscious Sedation
This type of sedation, while administered intravenously, does not induce a state of unconsciousness like general anesthesia. Rather, IV Conscious Sedation causes the patient to enter an altered state of consciousness commonly referred to as the “twilight zone.” This altered state causes the patient’s mind to become groggy and their body to become relaxed in order to minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure. However, due to the fact that the patient is not unconscious, they are able to respond to verbal cues from the dentist or to communicate any discomfort they may be feeling. Some patients may experience short bouts of amnesia caused by the procedure and must arrange for a ride home as the sedative only clears the body the following day.
For more information on any of these sedation procedures, contact us today!