What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for patients to visit the dentist who would otherwise be too nervous, or anxious to go. There are many different options of sedation dentistry, using various techniques ranging from anesthesias to oral sedation. Because of sedation dentistry, visiting the dentist office can now be phobia friendly.

At Riverside Dental Clinic, we offer sedation dentistry for children and adults.

There are some misconceptions about what sedation dentistry actually means. In most cases, the patient will still remain awake during the procedure, but experience feelings of relaxation.

What are some advantages of sedation dentistry?

  • Little to no side effects
  • Allows for multiple treatments to be done during one visit (limiting visits)
  • Safe for children and adults
  • Reduced levels of anxiety and stress
  • No pain during procedure

At Riverside Dental Clinic, we offer multiple methods of sedation dentistry, to accommodate every patients needs.

These include:

IV Sedation

IV Sedation is administered via an injection directly into your bloodstream. Effects are immediate and will completely relax the patient. When the effects subside, you may still experience some drowsiness, therefore bringing along a designated driver is a good idea.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation is a great option for patients who fear needles. Medication will be taken orally prior to the treatment, which will relax the patient. It is important to note that these sedatives do not fully induce sleep, but will decreases sensitivity. It is common with Oral Conscious Sedation that a patient will not remember the procedure, even though they were technically awake.

General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia is the most complete level of sedation. It will be administered at the Drumheller Hospital by an experienced Anesthetist. All treatment will be completed during the appointment while the patient is asleep. For lengthy procedures or intense anxiety, general anesthesia may be the option for you.

Contact us today to talk about our sedation dentistry options, and we can help figure out which is best for you!