Can I get sedation for dental checkups and cleanings?

Posted Feb 1st, 2019

Can I get sedation for dental checkups and cleanings?

Dental sedation is not generally available for routine cleanings or checkups, but we are able to offer it to patients who suffer from extreme anxiety.


Who could benefit from sedation for dentistry?

If any of the following points apply to you, you may consider dental sedation:

  • Phobia regarding dental procedures
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Small mouth that becomes sore during dental procedures
  • Resistance to local anesthetic 
  • Unusually sensitive oral nerves
  • Previous bad experience(s) with dental work

If you suffer from any of the above issues then dental sedation might help you undergo the treatment that you need. Dental sedation can help patients get through anything from root canals and tooth extractions, to dental implant procedures, with a minimum amount of stress and anxiety.

That said, dental sedation is typically not offered for regular dental cleanings, x-rays, and other routine dental care. Cases of extreme anxiety, however may be considered a viable reason for sedation during routine procedures.

How do I know if dental sedation is right for me?

If you feel extremely anxious about the prospect of going to the dentist, talk to your dentist. They will be able to advise you on whether dental sedation is an appropriate option for you, and if so, what type would be best for you.

Are you interested in learning more about dental sedation? Contact our Surrey dentists at Surdel Dental Centre today!