Sleep Dentistry for Anxiety
Being apprehensive of the dentist is nothing to be embarrassed about. We treat many patients who experience high levels of anxiety while in the dental chair. The good news is that you can get the treatment you need without having to endure a racing heart, sweaty skin, or butterflies in your stomach with sedation dentistry.
Belle Rive Dental Clinic is proud to offer anxious patients an alternative to fearful dental experiences. Sedation dentistry is a method of using FDA-approved medication to induce a calm, relaxed state. You can use sedation dentistry during any type of treatment, including routine general dentistry checkups as well as smile-enhancing cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Who Is A Candidate Of Sleep/Sedation Dentistry?
People who have:
- High fear
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Limited time to complete dental care
And People who:
- Hate needles and shots
- Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth
- Are medically compromised
What Are The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry has become very popular as it offers several benefits for both the patient and the dentist. For some patient groups, the use of sedation dentistry is actually the only way that they can get the dental care they need and improve their dental health. Dental sedation can offer:
- Patient relaxation
- Increased comfort
- Movement control
- Patient co-operation
- Control of gag reflex
- Little or no memory of treatment
- Time saving – Fewer appointments needed
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
For those patients with strongest fears, largest cases, and those who are medically compromised: We use Intravenous (IV) Sedation with a combination of drugs administered by our dentists, which makes you “dream-like” sleepy and totally unaware of the treatment. We often give you an anti-anxiety pill to help you sleep the night before your dental appointment and then an hour before your appointment so you come in very relaxed.
For those patients with stronger fear and larger cases: We use Oral Conscious Sedation using different sedative pills often in combination with nitrous oxide gas, which makes you very sleepy and very unaware of the treatment, as when you are just nodding off to sleep. We often give you an anti-anxiety pill to help you sleep the night before your dental appointment and then an hour before your appointment so you come in very relaxed.
For those patients with mild fear and smaller cases: We use Nitrous Oxide Gas, which makes you unaware of the treatment, as if you were relaxing. After a health history and pre-clinical vital signs are recorded, we cover you with a warm, snug blanket, and offer you music earphones. After treatment, you can safely drive, study, work, relax, or exercise. You will have a reduced memory of the experience.
Prior to your sedation dentistry appointment, you don’t eat or drink the few hours prior. Your companion drives you to our Edmonton office in comfortable clothes. After a health history and pre-clinical vital signs are recorded. We offer you music earphones and TV. When your treatment is completed, your companion will return you home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day. You will have no memory of the experience, including any sounds or smells.
How Safe Is Sedation Dentistry?
Nitrous oxide and the drugs we use have a long track record of safety. A thorough pre-op health history, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration is taken on each patient. On oral conscious sedation and IV cases we use monitors to keep up with blood oxygen level, blood pressure, and pulse.
Our staff has extensive training in nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and emergency life support techniques. All necessary emergency equipment, drugs, oxygen, and supplies are on hand.
No patient is rendered unconscious as with general anesthesia. All IV sedation is administered by a dentist with years of advanced anesthesia and emergency training. We have a full crash cart for IV cases.