Wouldn’t it be nice to visit your dentist without experiencing anxiety, and the discomfort that results? Sedation dentistry has become an increasingly popular option for patients who suffer from anxiety about dental visits. It’s a safe, effective way for your dentist to manage your anxiety so that you’re comfortable throughout your visit. Century Park Dental offers conscious oral sedation dentistry at our conveniently located dental clinic in downtown Calgary.
Sedation is not a new concept in the medical world, but it is finding new applications. General anesthesia, which is the type that causes unconsciousness during surgery, has long been used to keep patients comfortable during procedures, and allow doctors to work effectively. In most cases, sedation dentistry won’t require you to be made unconscious, but the basic idea is similar. At the start of your dental visit, you will take medication that manages anxiety, makes you more relaxed, and allows your dentist to provide safe oral care.
The first step is simply speaking with your dentist about whether sedation is right for you. If you are a healthy adult without certain respiratory issues and medical allergies, sedation dentistry might be a fit. If you qualify, you’ll have a conversation with your dentist to outline the severity of your anxiety, and develop a plan for managing it effectively. Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend oral sedation, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia.
While sedation dentistry is safe for most healthy adults, there are some risk factors that you’ll want to check before choosing sedation for your next visit. Sedation relaxes your whole body, which means it also slows breathing and heart rate. This is perfectly natural, as the same thing happens while you sleep. However, patients with certain cardiac or respiratory issues may find that sedation is not a fit.
Dental anxiety is nothing to be embarrassed of, and it shouldn’t keep you from receiving the medical care you need to stay healthy. With sedation dentistry, you can get excellent oral care in a relaxed, safe setting, with medication designed to increase your comfort level and minimize anxiety. If you’re a healthy adult who deals with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might just be the perfect fit for your needs.
Dr. Loreen Wong and her team at Century Park Dental are experienced in sedation dentistry, and we strive to offer comfortable care to all of our patients at our dental clinic in downtown Calgary. Give us a call or speak to us at your next visit to determine whether sedation dentistry is right for you.
Century Park Dental is a general dentistry practice and all dental treatment is provided by a general dentist.