Sedation Dentistry

 We offer Sedation Dentistry to help patients who feel anxiety or stress when receiving dental treatment. Besides having lake views that can help you relax while at our dental treatment room, we use nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas" to help you relax.



Reasons why people avoid dentists:

  • Fear of needles, drills, or other dental treatments

  • Past traumatic dental experiences

  • Sensitive teeth and gums

These issues are no longer a reason to avoid your dentist. Dental sedation is used worldwide, and it has proven to be a safe and effective option for anxious patients. Talking with your dentist is the first step in deciding if sedation dentistry is for you.

People that avoid dentists because of their fear of dental services, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for different dental procedures from simple teeth cleaning to more complicated procedures. How it is used depends on the severity of your fear.


sedation-dentistry.jpg

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help a patient to relax during dental procedures. Sometimes sedation dentistry described as "sleep" dentistry, although that is not completely accurate. Most of the times when sedation dentistry used, the patient is awake with the exception of those, who are going under general anesthesia.


What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help a patient to relax during dental procedures. Sometimes sedation dentistry described as "sleep" dentistry, although that is not completely accurate. Most of the times when sedation dentistry used, the patient is awake with the exception of those, who are going under general anesthesia.


There are several levels of sedation:

  • Minimal sedation - that is when you are awake and relaxed;

  • Moderate sedation (also called "conscious sedation") - you may slur words when talking and may have a hard time remembering much of your procedure;

  • Deep sedation - uses oral sedatives and you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened;

  • General anesthesia (IV sedates) - you are completely unconscious during your procedure.


What Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry in Burlington?

Following types of sedation are used in dentistry:

  • Minimal sedation: At our dental office, Lakefront Family Dental we use nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas" in combination with oxygen through a face mask placed over your nose. This gas helps you to relax and feel less anxious. Our dentist, Dr. Alexandra can control the amount of the sedation you receive and laughing gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation that will allow you to drive yourself home after dental care.

Regardless of sedation you receive, you will also need a local anesthetic, which is a numbing medication you receive from the dentist when they are working in the mouth - this allows to relieve pain if the procedure causes discomfort.


What types of treatment sedation dentistry can help with?

Dental anxiety treatment in Burlington (Sedation dentistry) can help the patient with dental phobia and low pain tolerance. When major dental work required and the patient has strong gag reflexes dental sedation can be helpful. Dental procedures that cause a patient to feel anxious such as dental fillings, dental crowns, porcelain bridges, root canal, tooth extraction, especially wisdom teeth, periodontal treatments often require some sort of dental sedation.


How Safe Is Sedation Dentistry?

There are always some risks in getting anesthesia. It is usually safe when given by experienced dentists. Certain people, such as those who are obese or have sleep apnea, should talk to their doctor before having sedation. That is because they are more likely to have complications from anesthesia.

Before any dental procedure, the dentist should go over your medical and dental history. The dentist should also determine if sedation dentistry is appropriate in your case and should also consider what medication you are currently taking. The dentist will monitor your vital signs during the sedation procedure and will have oxygen - artificial ventilation that reverses the effects of nitrous oxide in case you need it.


lakefront-dental-burlington.jpg