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Sedation Dentistry in SW Calgary, AB

Sedation Dentistry in SW Calgary, AB2024-05-23T15:49:32+00:00

A little or a lot, you take the pick!

Anxious no more

We get it. For many, a visit to the dentist’s office can be an intimidating or stressful experience. We hear the “I hate going to the dentist’s” a lot! We don’t take it personally, but we sure want to help make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible!

Sedation dentistry near you is the answer to dental anxiety and discomfort by offering a safe and effective solution to help patients relax and receive the dental care they need without barriers. At Chinook Smiles, we are happy to offer three levels of sedation: nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation.

Whether you have dental phobias, a low pain threshold, or simply wish to make your dental visits more comfortable, our experienced team is here to provide a stress-free and calming environment. With the use of sedation techniques tailored to your specific needs and medical history, we ensure that you can achieve optimal oral health without anxiety or apprehension.

Say goodbye to dental worries and hello to a serene and pain-free dental experience at Chinook Smiles.

A little calmer with laughing gas

Nitrous oxide sedation, or commonly known as “laughing gas”, is an extremely safe and reliable technique aimed at achieving minimal sedation. At Chinook Smiles, we offer nitrous oxide sedation as a gentle and effective way to help our patients feel at ease while receiving dental care.

This colorless, odorless gas is administered through a comfortable mask, which is worn throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide induces a state of relaxation and euphoria, making you feel more comfortable without altering your level of consciousness. One of its key advantages is its quick onset and the fact that its effects wear off rapidly once the gas is discontinued. This means you can often drive yourself home after the appointment.

Like any form of sedation, you must be on an empty stomach, meaning no food or drinks, for a minimum of 2 hours before your scheduled appointment.

Due to its safety profile, nitrous oxide sedation is an excellent choice for patients of all ages, including children! It is available for any procedural appointments, from cleaning and filling appointments to oral surgeries.

Take a chill pill

For adult patients who battle a higher level of dental anxiety or for more involved procedures such as tooth extraction or implant placement, you may be seeking a sedation modality that offers a deeper level of relaxation. For the right candidate, oral sedation may be the perfect in-between choice that aims at inducing moderate sedation. This means you will feel drowsy and may even fall asleep during the procedure (although going to sleep is not guaranteed, nor is it an intended effect of moderate sedation). You may or may not remember some of the procedures.

During the consultation or preparatory appointment, your medical history will be reviewed in-depth, and your vital signs will be measured and recorded. You will fast for a minimum of 6 hours prior to your appointment, then arrive at Chinook Smiles 1 hour before the scheduled procedure time to take the sedation medication under the dentist’s supervision. The medication typically takes 40 to 60 minutes to take effect, during which time you will be closely monitored by our team members. While the lights are dimmed and you are tucked under a warm blanket, you may start to feel all that worry just slowly melting away…

Patients receiving oral sedation will be considered legally impaired for 24 hours after the sedation, so make sure you arrange for a family or friend to assist you after the appointment and take you home!

Sleep like a baby while getting your dental work done.

If you have put off receiving dental care in the past due to the overwhelming fear of getting into the dental chair, you no longer have to wait with intravenous (IV) sedation.

This modality represents the pinnacle of sedation techniques available in a general dental office, providing a profound level of relaxation for extremely nervous patients, or those who are in need of complex and lengthy procedures.

IV sedation involves administering sedative medications directly into the bloodstream through a vein. This precise delivery ensures rapid onset and the ability to adjust the sedation level as needed throughout the treatment. Even though patients do not lose consciousness, you will be happy to hear that most patients sleep through the procedure and wake up with almost no recollection of the process (individual effects may differ).

Our experienced dental team at Chinook Smiles, trained in the administration of IV sedation, will first perform a thorough pre-procedure assessment to determine your suitability for IV sedation. Your vital signs throughout the procedure will also be closely monitored by trained team members and a professional medical monitor. Rest assured, with IV sedation, your dental experience will be virtually pain-free and stress-free, paving the way for a healthier, more relaxed smile.

FAQs

Is sleep dentistry the same as sedation?2023-11-13T21:37:12+00:00

Sedation has sometimes been referred to as sleep dentistry, but the term can be misleading. With Sedation, you may feel sleepy due to the effects of the sedatives. Also, the term sleep dentistry is sometimes connected to the use of general anesthesia. The use of general anesthesia, however, is not considered Sedation Dentistry.

What to consider on the day of the sedation appointment?2023-11-13T21:35:13+00:00

Patients receiving Sedation treatments must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver who can accompany them home. If you are receiving IV or oral sedatives, we recommend that you wear comfortable clothing, as well as some music to listen to while relaxing before the treatment. After the appointment, a caregiver must stay with you until the effects of the sedation are gone.

Can I eat or drink before IV sedation?2023-11-13T21:33:47+00:00

Typically, patients should not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before receiving IV sedation to avoid any risks during the procedure.

Are there risks associated with sedation dentistry?2023-11-13T21:33:26+00:00

Like any medical procedure, sedation dentistry carries some risks, but complications are extremely rare and are closely monitored by professionals.

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