Hate going to the dentist? Dental sedation may be for you
If you are afraid of the dentist, you’re not alone. We know from experience there are a lot of people who suffer from dental anxiety.
Lethbridge dentist Dr. Lachman: “Dental sedation can help you to relax during dental treatment. In fact, with dental sedation, or what some people call oral sedation, the dental work can often be completed more quickly, by taking away your stress and anxiety.”
How does dental sedation work?
Prior to your treatment
Do not eat or drink anything during the 3 hours prior to your appointment. Upon arrival, you will be given a mild sedative. Dr. Lachman and his Lethbridge dental team will wait for the medication to take effect before your dental treatment begins. Please arrange for someone to drop you off and pick you up as you will not be able to drive after the procedure.
The day of your treatment
We won’t begin your treatment until you are relaxed. Someone will be with you at all times. Your pulse, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels are monitored constantly.
After your treatment
You will need a ride home from the office. We also recommend taking the whole day off to recover. You will likely have little or no memory of your treatment. Use caution and ask for assistance when needed because the sedation may affect your balance temporarily.
Is it safe?
Dr. Lachman and a team member will be with you constantly to monitor your vital signs and your comfort level.
- An electrocardiogram will monitor your heart rate
- A pulse oximeter will monitor your oxygen levels and pulse
- A blood pressure cuff will monitor your blood pressure
Should any concerns arise, there is a reversal agent available in the treatment room.
Are there other options?
For smaller, less complex appointments, laughing gas is always available. Laughing gas is a sweet smelling gas that relaxes people. It can be very beneficial for children.
Some adults prefer using laughing gas because they can:
- control how much gas they receive throughout the appointment
- safely drive themselves home after their appointment as the gas has no lasting effects.
For longer, more complicated procedures, Dr. Lachman may recommend stronger, longer lasting medication for dental sedation be given through an I.V. access in your arm as opposed to swallowing tablets.
Is dental sedation is right for you?
Before you make any commitments, Dr. Lachman will thoroughly discuss your dental sedation options during a no charge consultation. This is important to determine the most effective medications and to ensure the right method is chosen for you.