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Sedation Dentistry

A significant number of Canadians do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are afraid or suffer from dental anxiety.  Sedation dentistry offers a great way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are nervous to go to the dentist.


Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep.  In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. The patient is able to respond, aware of where he/she is but without any anxiety towards dental treatment. Typically they do not remember the appointment after it is completed.


Oral sedation dentistry is popular because these types of sedatives are taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety and no pain. Safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatments, so sedation dentistry offers both the individual and the dentist the best alternative.


Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver.  Sometimes, sedatives are provided the night before the dental visit, which means that driving to or from the appointment is not advisable.

Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety is alleviated.

  • Few side effects.

  • More can be accomplished during each visit.

  • No needles.

  • No pain.

  • Safety.


What kinds of sedatives are available?

The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.  Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs.  Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, as well as taking note of any current medications.


Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:


Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative.  It is administered through a nose mask, and can be used through the entire procedure.  Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being.  Most importantly, it relieves anxiety during the procedure. When the dental procedure is completed and the nitrous oxide turned off the effect is reversed, so it is safe to drive home   There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.


Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who have dental anxiety and fear needles.  Oral medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a mild state of sedation.  Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses.  This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the procedure. At Elliot Lake Dental Centre we offer oral conscious sedation.


 If you have questions or concerns about oral conscious sedation or sedation dentistry at Elliot Lake Dental Centre please call us at (705)848-6885 to schedule a complimentary consultation.







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