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Dental Sedation in Langford

For Reduction of Anxiety

Fear of the dentist, or of dental work, is not uncommon among children or adults. Unfortunately, fear of dental work can have the effect of causing dental patients to delay being seen by their dentists, and small challenges can quickly become dental emergencies if their condition worsens in the absence of timely intervention.

Fortunately, the real risk of distress during a dental treatment has all but vanished in the era of medically-induced sedation.

Dental Sedation in Langford

For Reduction of Anxiety

Fear of the dentist, or of dental work, is not uncommon among children or adults. Unfortunately, fear of dental work can have the effect of causing dental patients to delay being seen by their dentists, and small challenges can quickly become dental emergencies if their condition worsens in the absence of timely intervention.

Fortunately, the real risk of distress during a dental treatment has all but vanished in the era of medically-induced sedation.

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Anxiety or fear can be triggered spontaneously or unconsciously in patients whose nervous systems respond to their environment with a fight-or-flight response. This response floods the blood stream with stress hormones with the effect of diverting blood away from the digestive system and into the extremities where they will be used to energize the defense system (fight) or run away (flight).

Our physiology benefitted from the fight-or-flight response to help us survive our day as, for example, hunter-gatherers. These days, our environmental threats have reduced substantially, but our limbic systems still can’t tell the difference between a real or a perceived threat. The result can be an unconscious response to stress which leaves patients feeling anxious.

Medical sedation offers anxious patients relief from the physical symptoms of anxiety and encourages a state of relaxation and calm.

Sedation at Parkway

At Parkway Dental, we take a compassionate approach to helping our patients manage anxiety. We offer safe sedation options to help you or your child manage symptoms of anxiety which, coupled with a gentle bedside manner, can make your visit to see us far more comfortable. We offer minimal sedation, which means that we use either an oral medication or ‘laughing gas’. These may be utilized together for maximum relief.

Minimum sedation in dentistry means that once sedated, our patients continue to be able to breathe, cough and respond to voice and touch cues all on their own. Your vision will remain clear and you will not be paralyzed from withdrawing from pain.

Our oral sedation medications fall within the benzodiazepine drug class. Benzodiazepines are indicated as minor tranquilizers that work to depress the central nervous system. This results in symptoms of calm and sleepiness while offering additional effect as a muscle relaxant. Benzodiazepines have a strong record of prevalent use since coming onto the market in 1960. In fact, by 1977 benzodiazepines were among the most frequently prescribed drugs in the world. This long history of use means that the drug and its interactions with the body are very well understood by the medical community and can safely be prescribed to adults as well as to children.

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as ‘laughing gas’ is a transparent gas which is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a mask by inhalation. This gas is a mild pain reliever and induces a state that is often described as being euphoric. Nitrous oxide is a good fit for use in the dental environment because the gas works in as little as 20 seconds from the time of inhaling. It also has a very short period of action, so re-dosing is easy and controllable. After your procedure, the effects of the nitrous oxide will dissipate within minutes without any residual effect.

Intravenous (IV) sedation involves the delivery of sedatives directly to the blood stream, typically through a vein in the hand. Like oral sedation, IV sedation uses benzodiazepine medications to decrease anxiety, reduce or eliminate pain and induce a sleepy feeling. Since IV sedation is a more direct usage of a benzodiazepine at a higher dose, it often results in amnesia for the patient despite the patient remaining conscious throughout the procedure. Although other pain medications can be offered in conjunction with a benzodiazepine, it is generally unnecessary as a local anesthetic is also injected at the tissue site. With proper medical oversight of the patient’s vital signs throughout the procedure, IV sedation is widely considered a safe and beneficial practice for moderate to severe procedures as well as for patients with prohibitive anxiety.

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Deeper Forms of Sedation

Most dental procedures requiring sedation can be comfortably and safely offered right in our clinic. Some more involved procedures requiring extensive work may be best suited for clinical environments that offer deeper sedation options. If this is the case, your dentist will offer to refer you to another dental professional who can meet these specific needs.

Moderate sedation is the level of sedation at which the patient maintains a stable heart beat independently and breathes on their own. When you are moderately sedated, you maintain consciousness and can respond to verbal cues with or without gentle physical stimulus. Moderate sedation is typically offered intravenously, leading it to be known as IV sedation.

Deep sedation occurs under general anesthetic and is typically required only for complex cases. When a patient is under general anesthetic, they do not respond to touch or voice cues and they are fully unconscious. Unconscious patients under deep sedation rely on medical apparatus to breathe.

Tips to Help Manage Anxiety at The Dentist

Sedation is not the only thing that can be done to assist you in managing dental anxiety. Developing a relationship with your family dentist can assist you in feeling more comfortable in the environment, so we suggest choosing a family dentist who will support the evolving dental needs of all members of the family over time.

If you are feeling nervous, we suggest bringing a friend, partner or family member along to help provide comfort, moral support and maybe even some distraction from the preoccupation of worry. Once your appointment begins, it will be the dentist’s primary priority to ease your concerns and relax you into a state that facilitates a pleasant experience during your procedure.

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Parkway Dental Services

Parkway Dental Clinic offers a full range of dental services in Langford. From Checkups & Cleanings to Invisalign to Cosmetic Dentistry!

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