Whether you are due for a routine cleaning or oral surgery, visiting the dentist may cause you a great deal of anxiety. Today, our Delta dentists share some information about dental sedation, whether it is safe and how it can help make your visit stress-free.
Dental Sedation: What Are The Benefits?
Dental sedation uses medication, typically delivered orally or through an inhalent, to help make patients more comfortable before, during, and after dental treatment. Besides anxious patients, dental sedation may be recommended for patients that need complex treatment or who have a severe gag reflex.
Without the option of dental sedation, some patients may not visit the dentist as often as they should in order to keep their mouths healthy.
Are there different options for dental sedation?
At Surdel Dental Centre we offer oral sedation. Oral sedation is a sedative that is administered in the form of a liquid or pill. These medications can be taken the night before an appointment to help you sleep, and/or one hour before your appointment to reduce anxiety leading up to and during treatment.
One of the perks of dental sedation is that you will remain awake and aware throughout your appointment, but you will be at ease and relaxed during your visit.
Am I able to use dental sedation during every visit?
Dental sedation is generally safe for most patients. Prior to prescribing the sedative, your dentist will review your medical history and discuss whether dental sedation is the right option for your situation.
While at our office, you will be closely monitored for any negative side effects from the sedation. It is normal to feel drowsy following your appointment but this feeling will wear off as the day progresses.
It is important to set up a friend or family member to help with bringing you to and from your appointment as you should never drive after receiving dental sedation.