Calgary Sedation Dentistry Helps Alleviate Dental Anxiety

Calgary Sedation Dentistry Helps Alleviate Dental AnxietyEven though I’m at my dental office every day and I love coming to work, I am aware that plenty of people would rather avoid spending time at the dentist. That’s why we work hard at West Market Dental to make your visits as calm and comfortable as possible. We do this by providing soothing surroundings, televisions for distraction and top-notch hygienists and assistants who are dedicated to your care.

But regardless of the effort we put in to easing your worries about visiting the dentist, some people can still experience high levels of anxiety when having to get their teeth checked or worked on. This may not have anything to do with a negative previous experience at the dentist at all. Some people find the sights and smells of a dentist’s office to be intimidating, some find having to keep their mouth open extremely difficult. Some experience panic when there are tools in their mouth, and others suffer from an overactive gag reflex. Still others may have back or neck issues that make sitting in a dentist’s chair unbearable.

Whatever the reason, we don’t want you to avoid the dentist because of something that we can help with. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to manage dental anxiety, and can be used for procedures ranging from a cleaning to dental surgery.

Don’t allow a fear of the dentist to prevent you from getting the treatment you need. Talk to us about where your concerns are coming from and we can discuss the best approach for you. West Market Dental provides sedation dentistry services in Calgary’s southwest.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help our clients relax during their dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is not sleep dentistry. You will never be unconscious or unresponsive during your treatment. We only use sedation techniques that allow you to be aware and awake, but that will also leave you feeling relaxed and comfortable. Sounds and smells are dulled, which assists with easing anxiety, and certain types of sedation dentistry also minimize pain.

Additional benefits to sedation dentistry include speed of treatment, as we are able to perform procedures with no distractions. This also means we can carry out longer procedures more easily. Sedation dentistry is also a good option for those with back and neck issues that prevent them from sitting comfortably for long periods of time.

Sedation dentistry is not recommended for those who are pregnant, who have severe respiratory problems or asthma, or who have obstructive sleep apnea.

Different Types of Sedation Dentistry

The two types of sedation offered at West Market Dental are oral conscious sedation and inhalation sedation. Be aware that dentists in the province of Alberta are not permitted to administer general anesthesia (deep sedation) to perform dental surgery.

Inhalation Conscious Sedation: Inhalation conscious sedation has been used for many years by dentists. It involves the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen (better known as “laughing gas”), and works best for those with mild to moderate anxiety. It is also the ideal method of sedation for children. It works fast, is very flexible, and provides us with absolute control over your level of sedation. Recovery is quick, there are very few side effects and patients are able to return to their daily activities right away.

We will use a local anesthetic for proper pain control as well.

Some disadvantages to inhalation conscious sedation are that it is not recommended for those with respiratory problems (asthma and emphysema), and claustrophobic patients may find the apparatus to be confining. The apparatus can also make it difficult to perform longer procedures on upper front teeth.

Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral conscious sedation involves the use of a group of pharmaceuticals known as benzodiazepines. This type of sedation works well for most people with higher levels of anxiety. You will be given a small, easy-to-swallow pill, and be able to feel the effects within ten minutes. Patients under oral conscious sedation are easy to monitor throughout the procedure, and patients generally remember little to nothing about their appointment. This type is sedation is also at a lower cost for patients.

Some drawbacks to oral conscious sedation are that the level of sedation is not easily manipulated once the drug has been administered, and there is no analgesic or pain relief effect. We will, of course, provide freezing to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. Also note that you will not be able to drive yourself to your appointment. You will need to have someone take you to and from our office if you are undergoing oral conscious sedation.

West Market Dental are Calgary Family Dentists Serving the Southwest of Calgary

At West Market Dental, we are proud to serve residents of Calgary’s southwest communities. Check out our client testimonials from those we have served and earned their trust. We have convenient office hours and are open and transparent about our fee system. We will work closely with you and your insurance company to get the most out of your coverage. Contact us today!

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are usually four most terminal molars (also known as third molars) that grow into your mouth around the age between 18 and 22. These are last set of teeth that will come into your mouth. I am sure you have heard some horror stories about wisdom tooth extraction from someone that you know. However, not all wisdom tooth needs to be extracted. Most common reason why a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted is, if there is not enough room for the tooth to come in fully exposed, or if it comes in at an angle creating extra space between that tooth and the tooth in front of it. In either cases, it makes the area around the wisdom tooth very difficult to clean and maintain and that can lead to either cavities or gum disease around the tooth. Sometimes, there will be enough room for them to come in fully into your mouth or you may be missing one or more wisdom tooth as well. It is a good idea for you to get a radiograph called Panoramic radiograph taken/updated around the age of 18 to check whether you have any wisdom tooth and if so how it is doing. If you do have to get one or more wisdom tooth extracted, it is good idea to get it done sooner than later because as a person gets older, the jaw bone gets denser and more brittle making the extraction more difficult. Hence, longer you wait before you get your wisdom tooth extracted, higher the chance that you may end up with possible complications. If you have wisdom tooth that has not come in fully into the mouth or if you are at the age around 18 or 19, it may be a good idea for you to come and see us and talk to us about it.

We are dentists, serving SW part of Calgary and doing many different types of dental procedures including wisdom tooth extraction. Give us a call if you have any question about wisdom tooth today!