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Sedation Dentistry in Edmonton

How would you like to go to the dentist completely relaxed? Wouldn’t it be great to sit down in the dentist’s chair with no fear or anxiety? Tons of people have issues when they go to the dentist, whether it be pain related, anxiety, sensitive teeth or an easily trigger gag reflex. Your dentist wants to make your visit as easy as possible and this is where dental sedation can come in. Two easy procedures can make a world of difference and might even have you rethinking your opinion on the dentist.

Types of Sedation

Instead of numbing one specific area like local anesthetic, or putting you completely to sleep like deep sedation, our sedation options help you relax and feel less anxious overall during your dental treatment.

While you might've heard sedation dentistry referred to as "sleep dentistry", in most cases you'll actually remain completely awake and aware through your entire dental appointment.


Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is commonly used in children and those who have dental anxiety. A mask is placed over your nose and you breathe in for a bit. Soon you’ll begin to feel relaxed and a little euphoric, which can lead to feeling giggly (which is why nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas). Your dentist can easily control the flow of gas and you should be conscious the entire time. You can also easily let your dentist know to increase the dosage if you still feel pain or decrease the dosage if you start to feel nauseous or otherwise uncomfortable. After your dental visit is over you shouldn’t have any long-lasting effects and you will most likely be able to drive home to resume your day.


Oral Sedation

A more advanced form is oral conscious sedation. All you have to do is take a pill about an hour or so before your procedure and the dosage typically varies based what kind of work you are having done. The pill will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, although you should remain awake. In some cases, though you might get so comfortable that you fall asleep in which case a light shake will wake you up at the end of your visit - this makes oral sedation a great choice for longer dental procedures. After your visit, you might still be a little groggy so it’s recommended you come with someone else to safely take you home from the dental office if you choose oral sedation.


Better Comfort Either Way

Skipping out on routine dental visits can be harmful to your health so whichever method you and your dentist choose, it should help make the dreaded dentist visit a thing of the past.

To recap, our sedation options are great if you:

  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have a hard time sitting still for long periods
  • Aren't comfortable with needles (for IV sedation)

We understand and acknowledge any anxieties you have

Our gentle, moderate sedation options take care of them so that you can receive quality dental care that's stress-free too, whether you want dental implants or to get your teeth cleaned.


Safe sedation, always

Allergies, pregnancy, and any medications you're taking are important considerations in sedation dentistry, so we always check with you and refer to your medical history before proceeding with any sedation dentistry-based dental work.