Sedation Dentistry – Maple Ridge BC

If you are the type of patient who fears and avoids visiting the dentist, you do not need to fear any longer!

Dental Anxiety Management

We understand that many of our patients struggle with deep-seated anxieties and insecurities surrounding dental appointments. At our practice, we are dedicated to maximizing your comfort and eliminating your worries so you can get the treatment you need without any hassle.

Patients who feel uncomfortable about their dental treatment can choose to receive oral sedation. This involves taking an anti-anxiety pill about an hour before your dental appointment begins. If you need extensive work done or have not been to a dentist in awhile, this may be a good option.

Oral Conscious Sedation helps us care for patients who:

  • Are afraid of needles and shots.
  • Have had bad experiences before.
  • Have not been to the dentist in a long time.
  • Always gag when having dental work done.
  • Just can’t seem to get numb.
  • Feel their teeth are too far gone for traditional treatment.

Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation is also called “conscious sedation,” because it is not meant to knock you out. Instead, it will just relax you while the dentist works on your teeth. You will still be awake and able to respond to the dentist if they ask you any questions. Patients typically report feeling drowsy, carefree and generally “out of it.” You may have trouble remembering all of your procedure, which some patients find to be a good thing. Our team will monitor your level of sedation as well as your vital signs to ensure your total comfort and safety.

Medications Used For Oral Sedation

The medications used for oral sedation are called benzodiazepines. Doctors normally prescribe these drugs for anxiety and panic disorders, which makes them very useful for patients who experience fear in the dental chair. Before your appointment, we recommend that you refrain from eating anything or drinking any non-clear liquids for at least six hours. Eating shortly before you take the medication may reduce its effectiveness and can cause nausea.

Once your treatment is finished, you will not be able to drive home. Benzodiazepines inhibit your judgment and coordination much like alcohol, so you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. It is normal to feel groggy and tired once the medication begins to wear off. You should refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after receiving oral sedation.

Anxious, fearful or uncooperative children can also be given oral sedation. In addition to reducing your child’s discomfort, sedation can help establish a positive association with dental care. Children who receive oral sedation should be monitored for the rest of the day after their appointment and should refrain from participating in any physical activities such as sports.

Benzodiazepines may negatively interact with other medications. Be sure to let us know in advance about any prescriptions, over-the-counter products or dietary supplements you are taking. You must also avoid consuming alcohol before and after you receive oral sedation, because the combined sedative effects can be very dangerous.

Women who are nursing or pregnant should not receive oral sedation. Patients with heart, lung or liver diseases should consult with their dentist or primary care doctor before undergoing oral sedation.

Call us today with any questions or to book your appointment, Maple Ridge: 604-380-2133.

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