What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentistry or require complex dental treatment. Sedation dentistry can be used for all dental procedure, even cleanings. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry including:

  • No memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No sense of smell or sound
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment
  • Ability to complete a large amount of dental work in a single visit

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

Our Sedation Dentistry services are provided at our Vancouver Office location. We are certified and have been providing Sedation Dentistry Services in our community for years. Our Sedation Team is especially trained to ease the fears of our most anxious patients and ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable as possible.

Why Sedation Dentistry?

Patients who benefit from Sedation Dentistry may have:

  • Extreme fear or anxiety of visiting the dentist
  • A difficult time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
  • Problems with a gag reflex
  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • A severe aversion to dental sounds and smells
  • A need for complex dental treatment
  • Past traumatic dental experience

A&A Dental works to make an office visit a positive experience so patients will continue to seek care for their smiles and maintain good oral health.

Types of Conscious Sedation Available

Inhalation Sedation: A patient breathes in Nitrous Oxide Oxygen, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” to obtain a relaxed state. Patients recover immediately upon discontinuation of the administration of the gas. Patients may leave the dental office alone and return to normal activities right away.

Oral Sedation: Patient will take a prescribed oral medication about one hour prior to treatment that will leave them in a deeply relaxed though fully conscious state. Patients will not be able to drive after taking this medication.

IV Sedation: A sedative is administered intravenously or directly into a patient’s vein. This form of sedation does require the patient to be monitored for blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate so that the IV sedation dosage can be adjusted as needed. Patient may not leave the office without an escort/caregiver for the remainder of the day. The patient will not remember any of the procedure and will feel as though they were asleep.

How Does the IV Sedation Process Work?

Most adults, but not all, are candidates for conscious IV Sedation Dentistry. Special attention is given to initial patient concerns and pre-operative preparation for all IV sedation cases to ensure patients have a safe and comfortable experience.

  • Q: What will happen at the first appointment?

    A: Your first appointment will be just for a consultation, radiographs and a chat about any treatment you may need. It will give you the opportunity to interview us!

  • Q: I haven’t been to the dentist for a long time; will I need a lot of treatment?

    A: It is impossible to answer this question without examining you but, because of the addition of fluoride to toothpastes, teeth are stronger with less decay and therefore you may be surprised at how little treatment you need.

  • Q: If I need lots of treatment, can it all be done in one visit?

    A: We will always carry out treatment in the minimum number of visits, particularly if we can use sedation services. However, it is rarely possible to carry out all treatment in one visit only, particularly if it is some time since you last attended. This is because, for the long-term success of any restorative treatment, it is essential that the supporting tissues are healthy. To achieve this, 
and to demonstrate methods of home care to enable you to maintain a healthy mouth, at least one appointment is usually required for cleaning. This can be carried out utilizing conscious or deep sedation if necessary and also local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Please do not be misled by clinics that may promise one appointment only- it is not possible to place long lasting restorations if the
supporting tissues- gums- is not healthy.

  • Q: Will it hurt?

    A: NO! The use of the most modern methods of anesthesia ensures pain free treatment. An anesthetic paste is applied to the gum before administration of the local anesthetic to ensure you feel nothing. However, should you experience any discomfort at all, please let us know- we will respond to ensure your comfort.

  • Q: I am afraid of needles- what can I do?

    A: Many people are afraid of injections, particularly in the mouth .An anesthetic paste is applied to the area of gum that is to be injected and this numbs the gum so you do not feel the needle. In most cases you are in a full sleep and do not feel the needle.

  • Q: I hate the sound of the drill. Can I take anything with me?

    A: We have music playing at all times and give you headphones to wear during treatment. There is a broad selection of music available for you to choose from but please feel free to bring any favorite music that you find relaxes you.

  • Q: Can I ask the dentist to stop if I need to?

    A: We always tell you to raise your hand if you want us to stop for any reason. We will always respond and once you know that you can
control the situation, you will feel more confident.