Sedation dentistry provides comfort for those undergoing more complicated procedures, or procedures requiring extra time. Patients who have a fear or anxiety of medical procedures can benefit from our sedation services. For your comfort and convenience, our Colwood sedation dentistry services allow our professionals to provide gentle dental care while ensuring complex procedures can be completed in single visits.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
Oral Sedation is administered orally, and helps to relax a patient who may be experiencing anxiety over their expected procedure. This type of sedation falls under the category of “conscious sedation".
IV Sedation can also be administered via needle to patients who require it. IV sedation puts the patient into a state of deep relaxation. Though you remain conscious, IV sedation falls under the category of “sleep sedation".
With either of these options, you will enter a sleepy, relaxed state where you will be able to undergo treatment free of anxiety and stress.