Sedation Services & Nervous Patients
If you're nervous about specific dental treatments or about visiting the dentist in general, we can help. Our team at Orangeville Dental Centre offers sedation services to help make your visit more comfortable.
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Your dentist may recommend anesthesia to help reduce anxiety related to your dental treatment and in order to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.
There are different types of dental anesthesia your dentist may recommend depending on your needs. Some patients need or prefer higher levels of anesthesia than others.
A thorough medical history review is required prior to any type of anesthesia administration.
- Conscious Sedation
An anti-anxiety agent, such as nitrous oxide, or an oral sedative, such as valium, can be administered in combination with a local anesthetic for pain. Patients remain calm, yet responsive during conscious sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is an anesthetic agent used by dentists. Safe and effective nitrous oxide is a method of relieving discomfort and anxiety. The patient remains in complete control while feeling calm and relaxed. Most people fully recover from the effects within ten minutes of stopping the anesthetic.
The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and the amount of sedation is adjusted for each individual patient. It is administered through a mask and may be used alone or in conjunction with other pain management options. Nitrous oxide may not be appropriate for people with mild-moderate anxiety and very young children.
- General Anesthesia & Deep Sedation
More complex procedures may require this type of sedation. Some patients with severe anxiety find general anesthesia to be a good way to get the dental work they require. During general anesthesia, the patient will be unconscious and unable to respond to verbal commands.
- Local Anesthesia
Local Anesthesia is the most common format of anesthesia used in a dental office. It is used to eliminate pain directly where it is administered. Local anesthesia can be injected, or applied topically as a gel. Topical anesthetics can also be used to numb an area in preparation for administration of an injectable local anesthetic. Topical and injectable local anesthetic are used prior to fillings, root canals, surgery and many other procedures where pain may be anticipated.