Sedation Dentistry in Brandon, Gander, Mississauga & Torbay
Sedation dentistry is a common procedure that is done before bigger dental treatments. Sedatives are usually given to anxious patients who cannot bear the stress of treatment. When the medicine starts working, you will feel more relaxed and ready for the procedure.
Smiles of Canada serves a wider area of Mississauga, Brandon, Torbay, and Gander. We will ensure that your visit is pleasant, and sedation may be a part of that.
What is sedation dentistry?
During sedation dentistry, our dentists give patients medicines that help them relax. Many people refer to this as “sleep dentistry,” but this isn’t the best description. A patient may be completely unconscious for some treatments; during other dental treatments, a patient will be wide awake and fully aware. Here are the most common types of sedation:
- Minimal sedation : The patient will be fully awake but relaxed.
- Moderate sedation : The patient will be conscious but not fully aware.
- Deep sedation : The patient will be barely awake and might not remember most of the procedure.
- General anesthesia : The patient will be fully asleep and not wake up until the anesthesia wears off.
Who is a good candidate for sedation?
Before a patient can receive sedation, a dentist needs to check if a person is a good candidate. During this assessment, a health professional will check the patient’s medical history and whether this individual is taking any drugs. Certain types of medication and existing conditions can prevent a person from receiving sedation.
Good candidates for sedation include:
- People who have high dental anxiety
- Those who need to receive an extensive, painful procedure
- Individuals who have to do several procedures at once
- Patients with a strong gag reflex
Depending on the severity of these issues, a dentist might recommend different types of sedation. Minimal sedation can be good for people who are anxious, but if you require extensive work, you might need general anesthesia.