SEDATION

do you suffer from dental anxiety?   
We can provide sedation at our red deer clinic

At Parkland Mall Dental Centre, we fully understand that undergoing a dental procedure can be scary! Our goal is to alleviate your fears and help you relax during the entire course of the procedure. Receiving a detailed explanation of each step of the procedure and what it will accomplish often helps, but it may not provide a full sense of comfort to all patients, and that’s why we provide options for sedation during our dentistry procedures.

If you haven’t previously been sedated with nitrous oxide during a dental procedure, you’re likely wondering how the process works and what the effects of laughing gas are.


nitrous oxide aka Laughing Gas sedation 

Our method of sedation is nitrous oxide, which is also commonly called “laughing gas”. At Parkland Mall Dental Centre, we use nitrous oxide to reduce anxiety and sensation during a dental procedure. For healthy patients, it is a safe sedative agent mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that is placed over your nose. It is invisible, odourless, and tasteless. 


WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SEDATION DENTISTRY

The sedation process begins with the dentist applying a breathing mask over your mouth that will emit oxygen. The dentist will gradually increase the level of laughing gas until the patient feels relaxed; the level of laughing gas needed is therefore different for each patient. You will not be left alone at any time and can continue to give feed-back to the dentist at any time.


Common descriptions and benefits of laughing gas:

  •  A tingling feeling through the arms and legs
  • A level of physical well-being paired with a feeling of “floating” or euphoria
  • Most patients report a lower level of awareness and sensation during dental procedures; this means they often don’t even feel the freezing going in!
  • No “hangover” effect


WHO CAN BE SEDATED DURING A DENTAL PROCEDURE?

The type of sedative used, your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level are all considered when determining an appropriate approach. Sedation dentistry is most appropriate for people who are afraid to go to the dentist and may be suitable for the patients who: 

  • Have phobias related to dental procedures
  • Suffer from sensitive oral nerves
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have a bad gag reflex
  • Have a small mouth which becomes sore during dental work
  • Resist local anesthetic

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DENTAL ANXIETY?

Dental anxiety is a sensation of discomfort and uncertainty which begins when it is time for your appointment and likely even in the days or weeks leading up to your appointment. If you think you suffer from dental anxiety and it is preventing you from seeking regular checkups or avoiding a needed procedure, please discuss the options with your dentist. Some of the signs of anxiety can include:

  • Sweating
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Visible distress or panic attack
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nightmares or insomnia leading up to appointment
  • Using humour or aggression to cope


WHICH PROCEDURES MAY REQUIRE SEDATION?

Dental anxiety knows no bounds, so if you have been putting off routine dental appointments and avoiding proper oral care, we encourage you to please discuss this with our team.


MORE METHODS FOR REDUCING ANXIETY BEFORE & DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT

If you’re apprehensive about an upcoming dental visit or procedure, try these ways to help reduce your anxiety:

  • Share your fears – share your fears and concerns with your dentist. Trust us, we’ve heard it all and we will help you to work through your concerns.
  • Focus on slow, normal deep breaths during the procedure
  • Listen to some music (bring headphones to relax while you wait and also during treatment)
  • Use hand signals to communicate with your dentist—we’ll walk you through it!
  • Choose a low-stress appointment time—choose a day and time that works best for you; often, first thing in the morning is ideal so that you don’t think about it all day. 

SEDATION OPTIONS FOR DENTAL CARE IN RED DEER

If you feel as though nitrous oxide is an appropriate sedation service for you or would like to learn more about the process, please give us a call today! We look forward to hearing from you. We are always welcoming new patients!

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