Sedation Dentist in St. Albert, Alberta
Do you feel uncomfortable or nervous about dental checkups? If so, you'll be glad to know that dental fear or phobia is common for many individuals. In fact, many people experience at least some fear or nervousness when seeing the dentist and this applies to both adults and children. To give you a comfortable and relaxing dental experience, Mckenney Corner Dental Center in St. Albert offers sedation dentistry for you and your loved ones. We offer a number of sedation options which include:
General anesthesia, also known as sleep dentistry, is used for patients who are highly anxious or nervous or who require multiple procedures during the same appointment. General anesthesia puts the patient to sleep to allow the dentist to safely and comfortably perform their procedure. If you are highly nervous or have a low threshold to pain, general anesthesia may be an appropriate solution for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation:
Oral Conscious Sedation can be used to reduce anxiety and fear as well as relieve pain and discomfort. Oral conscious sedation requires the patient to take a sedative, usually in liquid form, approximately an hour before their scheduled appointment. By the time they arrive at the office, the sedative effects will be felt, putting the patient in a comfortable and relaxed state. Depending on your needs, the dentist may also give you nitrous oxide to further increase the relaxation effects.
Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is used to reduce anxiety and pain. Once given, the patient is put into an extremely comfortable and relaxed state and all discomfort is drastically reduced. The gas is given via a face mask which the patient breathes in. The dentist can monitor and adjust the amount of sedation that you receive so that you can remain safe and comfortable during your procedure. After the face mask is removed, the sedative effects quickly dissipate so you can continue with your daily activities as scheduled.
IV Conscious Sedation:
As the name suggests, IV conscious sedation is administered through an IV. As result, you'll be able to feel the sedative effects rather quickly. IV conscious sedation can be used to produce a conscious or unconscious state. After receiving the sedation, the patient will drift in and out of consciousness but will still be able to respond to verbal cues from the dentist. Compared to nitrous oxide, IV conscious sedation takes longer to wear off so you will need someone to drive you home following your procedure.
Dr. Robbie Gill will examine your specific needs to determine which sedation method is best for you. Contact our practice in St. Albert to speak with us today.