Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety in Vancouver

Some people fear public speaking. For others, it’s snakes and spiders.

A certain percentage of the population fears the dentist above all else.

At Dentist on Kingsway, we can sympathize with those fears. It’s not hard to see how having someone poke around your mouth with metal tools can be a little intimidating.

While the dentists at Dentist on Kingsway have received the highest level of training and years of experience to ensure that your appointment goes smoothly, we’re happy to accommodate those who are unable to control the fear and anxiety they feel during a dental appointment.

Let’s take a closer look at what sedation dentistry is and how it’s helping patients in Vancouver face their fears.

 

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is an approach to dental care which takes a patient’s fears into account.

It’s one thing to feel a little nervous or anxious before an appointment. However, there are many who become sick or paralyzed with fear at the thought of climbing into a dentist’s chair.

For these patients, Dentist on Kingsway offers a few different levels of sedation.

Sedation can range from being minimal, causing the patient to feel relaxed all the way into general anesthesia, during which the patient is completely unconscious.

You should arrange a ride home following your appointment for all but the lowest levels of sedation.

Sedation dentistry may also come into play for patients with a low tolerance for pain or discomfort or for those with a bad gag reflex.

Certain medications should not be taken in combination with anesthetics. Patients with conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea may experience complications during the period in which they’re sedated.

The staff at Dentist on Kingsway will work with you to get a better sense of your medical history and lifestyle, searching for any factors which may affect your experience under sedation.

When instructed to take sedatives on your own, it’s absolutely crucial that you follow the given instructions as closely as possible.

Anesthesia and sedation can be incredibly dangerous if the carefully determined dosages are not followed.

 

Types of Sedation Available

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. 

Your dentist may offer to use laughing gas to make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It doesn’t put you to sleep, so you can hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have for you.

If you have excessive fear or anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist, laughing gas may be a great way to help you relax.

There are three effects in the working mechanism of laughing gas.

  1. It reduces anxiety, taking away your fear.
  2. It kills pain, so the procedure won’t hurt.
  3. It creates euphoria, so you feel all kinds of good.

When your dentist administers laughing gas, they’ll ask you to breathe normally through your nose.

In a few minutes, you’ll start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed, or you may feel a tingling sensation in your arms and legs. Some people go the opposite route, with their arms and legs feeling heavy.

A steady stream is necessary to maintain the effects as they wear off soon after the mask is removed.

 

Consult With a Dentist Today

Dentist on Kingsway has been helping Vancouver residents receive proper dental care despite their fears and anxieties for years with sedation dentistry.

Our experienced staff are there to address your fears, anxieties, questions, and concerns. We want to make sure that each and every patient is as comfortable and confident as can be during their appointment.

If you find yourself avoiding proper dental care due to fear or anxiety, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Vancouver patients can call the experts at Dentist on Kingsway today!

You can reach us over the phone by calling (604) 558-2442 or request an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does sedation dentistry cost?

The cost of sedation dentistry may vary based on a variety of factors including the amount of sedative required, the type of anesthetic received, your Vancouver, and your insurance coverage and provider. However, sedation dentistry has been reported to cost between $75 (for laughing gas and minor sedation) all the way up to $500 or $600 for general anesthetic.

Does sedation hurt?

Sedation and anesthetics exist so you won’t have to deal with pain, discomfort, and anxiety. The only instance of pain and discomfort you may experience during sedation may be the initial shot of sedatives or anesthetics used to numb an area or provide full-pain relief/unconsciousness. However, the quick pinch of a needle is typically considered a small price to pay for relieving you of pain, fear, discomfort, and anxiety.

Is sedation dentistry dangerous?

All levels of anesthesia carry some level of risk and danger. A variety of factors, including your weight, sleeping habits, and genetics, can all play a role in having a successful experience during sedation. Thankfully, you won’t find yourself undergoing sedation without someone well-trained in managing your anesthetic experience in the room. Those who are authorized to administer anesthesia are, by law, required to receive years of extensive training and experience. When you undergo anesthesia at Dentist on Kingsway, you know you’ll always be in good hands.

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