Do you feel nervous or scared about an upcoming dental procedure? If so, there is no longer a need to fear. At Bramwest Family Dental in Brampton, ON, we offer sedation dentistry because we know that going to the dentist can be a stressful, vulnerable experience for some patients. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, is the solution for those who experience anxiety about dental visits. A mixture of laughing gas and oral sedatives are combined to give comfort to patients with dental anxiety or phobias while we work on their teeth.
If you have anxieties about visiting the dentist, your dentist may administer an anti-anxiety drug for you to take before during your dental procedure. The only sedative which will make you go unconscious is general anesthesia. Other types of sedatives work by relaxing you rather than putting you to sleep.
Laughing gas may be a way to make you feel more calm and comfortable during a dental visit. The effects of laughing gas are not long-lasting. Some patients are able to drive after their appointments. However, each person’s reaction to medication is different, and one should always have a secondary plan at their disposal if undergoing a dental treatment while on laughing gas.
Oral sedatives are another option to make you feel more tranquil and at-ease at your dental appointment. Oral sedatives or anti-anxiety medications are generally taken a little before the dental visit to give them time to work. While you are awake during the procedure, your anxiety should feel more manageable. A common side effect of oral sedatives is feeling drowsy until the medication wears off.
Intravenous sedatives, known commonly as an IV, have different levels of working. General anesthesia, mentioned before, can put you into a deep slumber. Other IV levels can make you feel tired and drowsy. This is known as “twilight sleep” when you are awake but drowsy and unaware of everything that is happening or unable to remember the procedure.
While general anesthesia may give you the most rest during dental procedures, it comes with a higher number of possible side effects. It is best to have a conversation with your dentist and let them know if you have anxieties or phobias so that they can make your visit more comfortable and check to make sure you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Call our office to learn more about sleep dentistry at Bramwest Family Dental.