Visiting the dentist is a nerve-wracking experience for a lot of people. Add on top of that the possibility of a potentially uncomfortable procedure, and it only makes the whole thing feel worse.
At Valley Ridge Dental, we completely understand this, which is why we make sure you feel at ease, even during potentially daunting procedures.
At our dentistry, we offer oral sedation, which is a great solution for anyone afraid of a dentist visit. Not to be confused with anaesthetic, oral sedation is a much simpler way of easing nerves without rendering you unconscious.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding oral sedation, along with our answers.
Let’s start with the basics. Oral sedation is the process of administering sedative medication orally, meaning via the mouth. In more simple terms, the patient swallows a pill that reduces symptoms of anxiety during your appointment.
Sometimes also known as conscious sedation, oral sedation is far less intensive than undergoing anaesthetic, as you are kept awake throughout the process. Oral sedation falls into the category of ‘minimal sedation’. You are fully awake, but in a subdued state. Because a procedure dentistry can be anxiety-inducing for so many, this is a popular method to ensure that every procedure is a success.
Inhalation sedation is a similar process to oral sedation in how it’s administered. It is also popularly used to calm patients during an appointment. Both of these options can achieve minimal to moderate sedation, depending entirely on the patient’s needs.
If you have any concerns about which sedation option is the most appropriate for you, our qualified dentists will be happy to advise you!
If you have any concerns about the medication that may be used during oral sedation, we’ve provided a full breakdown below of the most common medications used in dentistry to achieve oral sedation. To prevent any interactions with medication you may already be using, always communicate any hesitations you may have before an appointment and our dentists can adjust to your needs accordingly.
Here are some of the medications used most often in oral sedation:
How does it work?
Oral sedatives suppress the central nervous system to place you in a calmer and more comfortable state.
Oral sedatives are usually administered shortly before the procedure is due to take place. However, sometimes they can be taken as early as the day preceding your appointment to preemptively alleviate any anxiety.
The way oral sedatives work varies based on which specific drug you are going to take before your procedure. Our qualified dentists will always provide you with a full explanation on what is being administered to you before the appointment begins.
The practice of oral sedation is completely safe, but there are certain side-effects you may experience from being orally sedated that you should be aware of before proceeding. These can include:
These potential side-effects have to be pointed out, but it is also important to note that most patients report no experience of them and find the process of oral sedation to be a smooth one.
We offer an enormous range of services at Valley Ridge Dental, all provided by our qualified and professional dentist staff. Some of the following are procedures that may require oral sedation if necessary:
Each appointment is personal, and we strive to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible when they’re with us.
We are more than happy to discuss whether this method of sedation is best for your anxiety. Contact us today on (403) 202-2266 to learn more about how we can help you decide. We’re always willing to answer any questions you may have!