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Sedation “Sleep” Dentistry

“Sleep” Dentistry

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Sedation dentistry offers many advantages and is appropriate for people who can’t receive dental services because of their fear and anxiety. It is also appropriate for individuals who:

  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Struggle with sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex
  • Need extensive work that requires multiple treatments
  • sedation dentistry allows the treatments to be complete in less time and in fewer visits

Administered by experienced dentists like Dr. Webster and Dr. Garbelya, it is extremely safe. Prior to your treatment, your doctor will discuss which pain management and sedation options are best for you.

 

You may consider sedation is any of the following apply to you:

  • Mild, moderate or severe dental anxiety/phobia
  • Hypersensitive gag reflex
  • Resistant to local anaesthesia (freezing)
  • Busy schedule (time contraints)
  • You require complex dental treatment
  • You tend to experience heightened sensitivity following most dental visits

Sedation Dentistry

Who can undergo Dental Sedation, and who is it appropriate for?

Sedation dentistry is appropriate for people who can’t receive dental services because of their fear and anxiety. It is also appropriate for individuals who:

• Have a low pain threshold
• Struggle with sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex
• Need extensive work that requires multiple treatments
• sedation dentistry allows the treatments to be complete in less time and in fewer visits

How much does Sedation Dentistry cost?

The cost of sedation dentistry varies according to what method you are using, which treatment you will be getting, and how long that treatment lasts. To find out more about the cost of your specific sedation method, call to schedule a consultation with our care team.

How safe is Sedation?

There is always a risk when being sedated; however, when administered by experienced dentists like Dr. Webster and Dr. Garbelya, it is extremely safe. Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea or who are obese should consult their doctor before having sedation, as they are more likely to experience complications.

Nitrous Oxide (FAQ)

Is Nitrous Oxide conscious sedation?

Yes, nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as ‘laughing gas’ is a form of conscious sedation. You will be fully awake and alert during treatment, but your feelings of fear and anxiety will be alleviated.

Will my appointment be painless with Nitrous Oxide?

Laughing gas alleviates the discomfort and anxiety associated with some treatments. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Webster will discuss which pain management and sedation options are best for you.

Is Nitrous Oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide is considered extremely safe. The sedation effect lasts only as it is administered - so you are able to come to and from your appointment on your own. Side effects occur very rarely and may include dizziness, nausea, and headaches.

Anesthesia (FAQ)

Is Local Anesthesia safe?

Local anesthesia is very safe and commonly used on patients of all ages. Though few, there are side effects, and they include: bruising (hematoma), numbness outside of the targeted area, racing heart.

Is Local Anesthesia recommended during wisdom teeth removal?

At Kelowna Dental Centre, wisdom tooth extraction is performed under general anesthesia - a type of sedation dentistry - used to alleviate anxiety prevent pain throughout your body. It has many advantages and often causes you to sleep through your appointment.

Is Local Anesthesia the same as Sedation Dentistry?

Local dental anesthesia affects a small part of the body in a specific area, such as a tooth or area of gum. It does not affect the patient’s cognitive abilities, and they stay awake and alert throughout treatment.

Sedation dentistry is the administration of medication that offers numerous benefits including relieving a patient’s anxiety, allowing them to reach a deep level of relaxation, even drifting off to sleep during treatment.

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