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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Vancouver

Sedation DentistryAt Enhance Dental Centre, we offer IV sedation to patients who have:

  • Overwhelming fear,
  • Experienced traumatic dental procedures,
  • Insensitivity to traditional dental anaesthetics,
  • A strong gag reflex,
  • Extremely sensitive teeth, or
  • Advanced dental problems.

You may also want to ask us about IV sedation if you:

  • Fear needles and/or shots,
  • Hate dental noises, smells, and tastes, or
  • Feel fear and embarrassment about your teeth.

Sedation dentistry can also be very effective with children who have a high level of fear about visiting the dentist. Ultimately, the goal of IV sedation is to make the patient comfortable so that she/he can receive the best dental care possible without experiencing unnecessary fear and anxiety.

Some More Information about Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of oral or IV pharmacological agents to help relax a patient before, during, and after a dental appointment. Sedatives work to depress the central nervous system and ultimately reduce conscious awareness so the patient can undergo treatment without fear of anxiety. There are two general methods of sedation dentistry: oral and IV.

With respect to oral sedation, patients typically maintain some level of consciousness, but experience lower levels of anxiety. On the other hand, IV sedation allows the patient to be completely unconscious, although it is also possible for patients to maintain consciousness.

Generally speaking, after IV sedation, patients do not remember much of the procedure. Monitoring devices which track breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate must be used during IV sedation in order to ensure the safety of the patient. Nevertheless, IV sedation in dentistry is safe and effective for all dental procedures.

After treatment, you must have a responsible adult take you home. You will not be able to drive for several hours after the procedure, and you may even experience some difficulty with balance and walking.

If you’re looking for a sedation dentist or sedation dentistry in Vancouver, we’d love an opportunity to speak with you regarding any dental phobias you may have and we can assure you, you’re in good hands at Enhance Dental Centre.

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