If the thought of visiting the dentist makes your teeth chatter with fear, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is not uncommon, and it can be experienced by both children and adults. If you are anxious about receiving dental treatment, don’t be embarrassed! There are methods to help you. At Cornerstone Dental in Burlington, Ontario, we believe everyone deserves professional dental care, and being afraid of dental procedures should not be an obstacle to this. If you suffer from excessive fear of dentistry, ask us about receiving sedation dentistry at our Burlington clinic. We want to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Talk to us today.
Sedation Dentistry with Oral Sedatives or Nitrous Oxide
Oral sedatives and nitrous oxide (otherwise known as “laughing gas”) are milder forms of sedation for less invasive procedures. You will retain some awareness during these methods. An oral sedative is a pill that desensitizes you from pain and may cause you to feel drowsy and relaxed.
Nitrous oxide, which has been in medical use for more than 150 years, is administered through a face mask. It causes the patient to feel calmer, more relaxed, and numbs the pain.
Sedation Dentistry with IV Sedation or General Anaesthesia
IV – or intravenous – sedation administers a sedative substance directly into your bloodstream. Patients under IV sedation are semi-conscious and able to answer questions and communicate discomfort. However, they may forget components of their procedure upon “waking up.”
General anaesthesia is typically reserved for more extensive procedures (such as wisdom tooth extraction) or for the seriously anxious. You will simply be unconscious during the procedure and wake up afterwards.
As with all medical treatments, anaesthesia comes with risks, so be sure to discuss with your dentist which method would work best for you and your medical history.
If you still have questions about sedation dentistry, ask our Burlington staff at Cornerstone Dental! We will be happy to explain the process to you further and tell you what to expect.