If you suffer from anxiety, fear, phobia, or apprehension when it comes to dental visits, you’re not the only one. Do you know, according to statistics, 1 in 3 people suffer from dental anxiety? But with that said, it is crucial that you maintain biannual dental check-ups as postponing treatments can lead to poor oral health and a plethora of other issues.
At Erin Ridge Dental, we realize how severe dental anxiety can be which is why we make every effort to ensure our office is welcoming and comfortable for patients. Your dentist offers a range of dental sedation options in St. Albert so that you can receive all your required treatment for a relaxing and positive dental experience.
What is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation helps patients feel more comfortable when receiving treatment by using gentle sedatives. We offer multiple sedation options so you can have a choice when it comes to your dental care. Oral sedation and Nitrous Oxide are the two most successful techniques used to accommodate anxious patients receiving treatment.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous Oxide induces feelings of drowsiness and relaxation and reduces your gag reflex. You will inhale Nitrous Oxide through a small mask. Nitrous Oxide is fast acting and wears off quickly after removing the breathing mask. It doesn’t have any side-effects.
This oral sedation technique, also known as “sleep dentistry” is achieved through a pill. Oral sedation induces feelings of sleepiness and relaxation also. Patients will remain conscious during the procedure. Your Sedation Dentist in St. Albert will determine the type of drug and dosage appropriate for you, prior to treatment. The main advantage of oral sedation is that it prevents patients from being able to remember their dental appointment once they wake up.
If you are receiving oral sedation near you, you will need to plan for someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment.