Combat Dental Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry

woman being administered sedation for her dental treatment

Dental anxiety is a very common problem that affects children and adults alike. It has led to many people avoiding dental procedures and suffering from dental problems like cavities. Fortunately, solutions like sedation dentistry exist to alleviate the worries and fears of those who undergo dental anxiety.

Hence the team at Village Green Dental would like you to know how sedation dentistry helps those with dental anxiety.

How Common Is Dental Anxiety?

Statistics and studies show that the fear of receiving dental procedures is far-reaching. The Journal of the Canadian Dental Association purports that as much as 22 percent of the population has dental anxiety. This condition is more likely in those who already have another phobia or suffer from disorders that lead to panic, anxiety, and substance abuse.

This phobia ranges from mild anxiety to aggressive and terrifying fear that forces a patient to avoid all dental procedures at any cost. This can have the unfortunate effect of turning mild dental issues into more serious conditions.

woman receives sedation anxiety

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Also known as sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry engages the use of medication before a dental procedure to help the patient relax during the procedure. The medication may put the patient to sleep but not all types of sedation used in dentistry intend for that outcome.

There are three main types of medication used in sedation dentistry

  1. Nitrous Oxide

Known colloquially as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a colourless, odourless gas that a patient breathes in through a mask. It slows the body’s reactions and creates a feeling of relaxation and euphoria, hence the colloquial name.

The effects of nitrous oxide are swift and the recovery from the gas is just as quick. This allows the patient to receive the procedure quickly and also handle transportation after it is complete. However, this also means that the gas must be constantly given to the patient during the procedure to numb the pain of the procedure.

  1. Oral Sedation

Instead of breathing in a gas, the sedation is taken orally in the form of a pill. This method isn’t as fast as laughing gas so the pill needs to be taken 30 – 60 minutes before the procedure begins.

The effects of the pill can make its recipient lose track of time, allowing an extended procedure to feel like a short visit. However, the sedation will not wear off quickly so the patient will require help getting home after the procedure is complete.

  1. Intravenous Sedation

Also known as general sedation, this medication will most likely put the patient to sleep. IV sedation is often used for oral procedures that are complex and lengthy.

Drugs are introduced intravenously into the bloodstream, allowing the patient to relax, if not fall asleep. The sedation drugs used have been known to give patients memory loss for the period between when the drugs take effect and after they wear off.

dentist assistance shows sedation gear

How Does Sedation Dentistry Help?

The anti-anxiety medications used in during sedation dentistry either create an altered, more euphoric, state in the patient or allows them to fall asleep. This prevents patients who have dental anxiety from panicking during dental procedures.

The sedation also has anesthetic properties to block pain. No matter how serious the dental issue is or how complex the procedure required is, the pain felt will be minimal, if not nil.

Village Green Dental Care – Kanata’s #1 Sedation Dentistry Clinic

Dental anxiety is a common issue that can lead to serious health conditions. With sedation dentistry, those fears and worries can be overcome and the needed dental care can be provided.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or worries about dental care. Village Green Dental Care provides the best dentistry services in Kanata and the surrounding areas. We provide our services with excellence and compassion to meet the needs of our patients. If required for a dental procedure, Village Green also offers sedation dentistry to any who needs it. Choose us to alleviate your dental care worries.