Sedation Dentistry in Langley BC
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Are you one of those who gets tense about visiting a dentist? Has this phobia prevented you from you receiving the necessary dental care? Sedation Dentistry offers a range of solutions to this kind of dental phobia. It offers an excellent, safe and anxiety-free dental experience to those who fear to visit a dentist or dentist office.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax and stay calm during dental procedures while keeping them awake and conscious throughout the procedure. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anaesthesia.
Sedation dentistry is popular because it helps both, the patient and the dentist, feel comfortable during the procedure. For the patient it means no injections, no anxiety and no pain, for the dentist, it means more treatment can be accomplished during the visit. Safety and compliance are two important aspects of the treatment.
Note: Whatever the sedative used, it is important for the patient to be accompanied by a caregiver. At times, sedatives are administered the night before the dental visit, which means that driving to or from the appointment is not advisable.
The Levels of Sedation used include:
Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs.
- Minimal sedation is used to keep you awake but relaxed.
- Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) can slur your speech a bit and you may remember very little of the procedure.
- Deep sedation is achieved with an edge of consciousness but you can be easily awakened.
- General anaesthesia – makes you completely unconscious.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
- Eliminates Anxiety
- Helps accomplish more during each visit.
- No needles
- No pain
- Completely safe
- Reduces procedure time.
Book an appointment for a consultation to discuss your anxiety, fear of needles and dental phobia with our sedation experts. Contact us at (604) 455 – 6247
Why Choose Langley Dental Centre for Sedation Dentistry in Langley BC?
Patient-Centric Approach: Our Dentist Team and Floor staff keep patients at the centre of care. We have a friendly team ensuring patients’ questions are answered. We provide personalized dentistry services and every patient’s comfort is important to us.
Safety and Security: Intravenous Sedation and Oral Sedation that we adopt during our treatment procedures are a way of making patients comfortable during the procedure and ensure their safety. This helps you cooperate better during the procedure and help dentists do a good job too while you stay relaxed.
Clinic Ambience: Our Clinic is designed to make patients stress-free and relaxed when they step into our office. The relaxing ambience with impeccable hygiene along with friendly staff has made patients come back and tell us how comfortable they feel in our clinic.
Insurance: Our goal is to offer you optimal dental care that works for you within your budget by accepting all dental insurances plans that are common in British Columbia. We obtain all the insurance details (eg. Policy, ID numbers etc.) from the patient and check with the concerned insurance company too. Once the treatment is done, the claim is electronically sent to the insurance company for payment to our office. The payment is received within 2-10 days. In situations where the patients do not have an insurance, the payment can be made by VISA, Mastercard, or Debit card.
Types of Sedatives Available
The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation among others. Before administering any sedative, the dentist analyzes the full medical history of the patient, and any current medications.
Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:
Oral or Conscious Sedation: Oral conscious sedation is an excellent option for people who fear needles. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. It is administered prior to treatment. Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the patient’s senses. This means that most patients may not remember the pain, smells or noises associated during their procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment (an hour before the procedure) and then topped up during the procedure, as required.
Regardless of the type of sedation you receive, you will still need a local anaesthetic (to numb the surgery site, where the dentist is working in your mouth) to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
IV Sedation: Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation which is administered through the vein. Generally, IV sedation is used for shorter treatments. A small plastic catheter is introduced into a vein in your arm or hand, similar to having a blood test. You will be carefully monitored throughout the sedation. For your safety, there is some awareness to the extent that you will be able to follow commands, but you are in an “altered state” which is usually perceived as quite pleasant. Local anaesthetic is also used, thereby eliminating any discomfort during the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide (Mild Sedation): You inhale Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” through a mask that is placed over your nose which is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. It elevates the general mood and a sense of well-being. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. Although there are a few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
Though most of the procedure is usually forgotten, you may remember portions of it. There is some variations among individuals. Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn. This is why it is important to bring a designated driver for the drive home. IV Sedation is a very popular option to significantly reduce anxiety and help forget most of the procedure, all at a very reasonable cost.