If you are nervous about attending the dentist and find that your anxiety prevents you from seeking the dental treatment you need, we have a solution for you! Sedation dentistry offers patients the option to take a sedative before their dental procedures to ease their stress and help them feel comfortable and relaxed. At Northern Horizon Dental Barrie, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry options for our anxious patients.
Intravenous (IV) sedation provides a calming feeling for nervous patients. Patients who opt for IV sedation require someone to drive them to and from their dental appointment. IV sedation works by a qualified doctor inserting a small needle into your vein and administering the sedative. Typically, the results are rapid, and you should feel relaxed immediately. You will still be conscious for the procedure but will likely not remember much of what happened. Throughout the procedure, your dentist will monitor your vitals and ensure that you remain safe.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is also commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” It is breathed in through a mask that is fitted over your nose to make you feel relaxed. Nitrous oxide is not intended to put you to sleep, and you will still be able to hear and respond to your dentist. Typically, the effects of this sedation wear off shortly after the mask is removed.
When you opt for oral sedation, you will be given a pill to take an hour before your dental procedure. This will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, but you will likely stay awake for the procedure. Even though you will be awake, both your mind and body will feel relaxed, and you will be able to communicate any discomfort you may feel to your dental team.