Dental sedation is administered both when a patient undergoes oral surgery and when a patient is extremely nervous at the idea of visiting the dentist—sometimes to a point where their dental health has been neglected. Patients with a severe gagging reflex might also request sedation as part of their dental procedure.
While dental sedation in itself is sometimes a process feared by nervous and anxious clients, patients soon report a feeling of wellness and calm when administered a selected sedative in preparation for a dental procedure or oral surgery.
Our qualified dental surgeons are happy to answer any questions a patient might have upon receiving a sedative agent offered at the Capital Dental Centre. Our sedation methods include:
- Nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) inhalation sedation: nitrous oxide is administered via a mask with a mix of 100% oxygen gas to induce nitrous oxide analgesia — offering a feeling of relaxation and well-being to the patient throughout the treatment. We monitor our patients’ blood pressure and pulse, both before and after the administration of nitrous oxide.
- Oral conscious sedation: this type of sedation is administered orally via a pill, which induces a dullness of the senses, and a feeling of general relaxation in anxious patients who might fear needles.
- Intravenous (or IV) sedation: a safe and immediately effective dental sedation that is individualized to a patient’s needs and health history, IV sedation is commonly administered via a small IV catheter to patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal surgery.
As attentive healthcare professionals, safety is the top priority of the entire Capital Dental Centre staff–and dental sedation is no exception. All vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, heart rhythm and oxygenation levels are monitored prior and during the procedure with our state-of-the-art equipment, according to the nature of the sedative agent administered.
For additional safety reasons, we recommend that patients undergoing nitrous oxide, oral conscious or IV sedation be accompanied by a friend or family member once they have been deemed ready to leave our dental clinic.
If you or someone you know is apprehensive at the idea of visiting a dentist, contact Capital Dental Centre to see how dental sedation can greatly improve your visit.