Sedation Services at Market Mall

Sedation Dentistry Services in Northwest (NW) Calgary

Sedation Services for NW Calgary

Our dental team at Market Mall Dental Care in Calgary offers three types of sedation services to help treat anxious patients and complete complex procedures. 

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is when you take an anti-anxiety pill designed to calm your nerves. 

The pills used in dental oral sedation are no different to other anti-anxiety medications prescribed.

Sedatives used are from a family called benzodiazepines, which include well-known anti-anxiety medications such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.

Oral Sedation FAQs

  • How Does Oral Sedation work?

    Oral sedative drugs work by suppressing the areas of the brain responsible for fear and anxiety, while activating the areas responsible for sleepiness. Low doses act as anti-anxiety medications, and high dosages are a sedative and may simply put you to sleep. 

  • What can you expect with Oral Sedation?

    You’re given one pill shortly before the treatment, which should last for the duration. Sleepiness, giddiness and confusion are all common. You will feel incredibly relaxed and unfazed by what’s going on around you. As the dosages used in a dental setting do increase your drowsiness considerably, you may fall asleep in the chair. Even if you don’t fall asleep, the level of relaxation will generally make forming new memories difficult. You won’t remember much about the procedure itself, and slight to complete amnesia of the event is not uncommon. It’s important to be escorted to and from the appointment by a responsible adult. It’s possible to get disoriented if you’re under the influence of the medication and try to get to the appointment yourself. 

  • What can you expect after Oral Sedation?

    The sedative drugs used will take some time to wear off. During this period, you will still feel sleepy, relaxed, and possibly disoriented. It’s important to get a responsible adult to take you home and supervise you until you’re lucid again. Staying hydrated, lying down and resting are your best options for recovery. If you or the person supervising you notice anything abnormal or are worried about something, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Do you need sedation?

    It’s important to note that you never need sedation. Whether you receive sedation or not is entirely up to how comfortable you personally feel. If you’re already calm and relaxed, there’s no requirement to receive further sedation.

  • When is Oral Sedation used?

    Oral sedation is used in one of two cases:

    • A patient who has fear or anxiety about dentistry or the procedure.
    • A patient who needs a lot of work done in a short amount of time. 
  • Will I still receive Anaesthetic?

    Local anaesthetic will still be necessary for work to be done in the mouth. Sedatives treat your stress and anxiety levels, they do not numb or kill pain. Your dentist will wait until the sedative has worked before administering anaesthetic, and will then wait until the anaesthetic works before performing the procedure. While under sedation you’re still able to respond to questions and stimulus, so you will still be able to let the dentist know if you’re numb or not.

  • Who can't receive Oral Sedation?

    Different types of oral sedatives react differently to certain medical conditions. For example, some are safe to take if you have liver problems and some are not. Be sure to alert your dentist to any of the following conditions so they can accurately prescribe the correct and safe type of sedative: 

    • Pregnancy
    • Known allergies
    • Narrow-angle glaucoma
    • Severe respiratory disease
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Impaired kidney or liver function
    • Depression, bipolar disorder, psychoses
    • Chronic bronchiti 

    Let your dentist know of any medications you’re already taking, and give clear and honest answers if they ask about any other potentially relevant conditions.

  • What are the pros and cons of Oral Sedation?

    The obvious benefit of sedation is to calm anxious patients. Another advantage is the ability to perform more procedures in a single visit. For oral sedative specifically, they allow patients who are afraid of needles to undergo sedation. They’re simple to take and generally very effective. A disadvantage with oral sedation is that its effectiveness can vary greatly from person to person. It is important to note that protocol dictates only one dose, so occasionally a patient may not be sufficiently sedated to proceed, and we cannot treat them at that time.

  • Can you overdose on Oral Sedatives?

    It is possible to overdose on benzodiazepines, however, it is very difficult to do so accidentally. Ensure you tell your dentist about any relevant medical conditions and existing medications and stick only to the prescribed dosage.

  • How long does the sedation last?

    This depends entirely on the type of drug used. Valium can take a very long time to wear off, for example, while Versed is fast acting and short-lasting.

  • Can I eat beforehand?

    No, you cannot eat beforehand. Your dentist will advise you pre-treatment of what specific procedure will be in place for each patient. Typically, all appointments of this nature are done in the morning and only clear fluids are allowed prior to the procedure.

  • Can I drive home afterwards?

    No, you must have someone drive you both to and from your appointment, and you must refrain from driving for the remainder of the day. 

Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is administered by gradually adding it to initial 100% oxygen until you start to feel its effects, in most cases in about five minutes, which at this time you will be breathing in at least 40% oxygen, almost double regular air.

Oxide sedation is delivered either through a nasal mask, which is connected to one canister of oxygen, and one of nitrous oxide. Unlike IV or Oral Sedation, Oxide Sedation also works as an anaesthetic. 

Oxide Sedation FAQs

  • What are the pros of Oxide Sedation?

    There are many advantages to oxide sedation for patients who are anxious, including:

    • It works very rapidly. Nitrous oxide reaches the brain within 20 seconds and effects start to be felt in 2-3 minutes. 
    • Depth of sedation can be precisely controlled by gently increasing or decreasing the amount of nitrous oxide in the mix.
    • Oxide sedation wears off very quickly. In most cases you can drive yourself home afterwards, although it’s always a good idea to arrange someone to drive you home.
    • Nitrous oxide acts as a painkiller on the soft tissue and gum. Depending on the person, no further anaesthetic may be needed for procedures that don’t involve the teeth.
    • There are no side-effects on the major organs.
    • Oxide Sedation can minimize, or even eliminate, severe gagging.
  • What can you expect during Oxide Sedation?

    Within the first few breaths, you’ll start to feel calm and relaxed. There might be a slight tingling sensation through your body. Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas”, and for very good reason: you’ll feel a little light-headed and suddenly may find many things very, very funny. Some people experience auditory or visual effects as well.

  • What can you expect after Oxide Sedation?

    Oxide Sedation wears off very quickly, so there’s not much to expect afterwards. You should be back to normal within 5 minutes after the procedure. 

  • When do you use Oxide Sedation?

    Oxide Sedation is an excellent choice for those who are anxious of the dentist and absolutely hate needles. It’s always important to note that sedation is never required. It’s entirely up to you how comfortable you feel with the situation or the procedure. If you’re perfectly relaxed and comfortable at the dentist, then there’s nothing forcing you to undergo sedation.

  • Who can’t recieve Oral Sedation?

    People with MS, emphysema or other notable chest problems generally aren’t suitable candidates. As it’s administered through the nose, patients with colds and flus usually can’t receive it. Discuss with your dentist prior. You can’t be allergic to nitrous oxide. Kidney, liver and heart issues aren’t a problem; neither are diabetes or epilepsy.

  • Can I get Oxide Sedation anywhere?

    Strict qualifications are necessary to be able to safely and legally administer Oxide Sedation. Not every dentist undergoes these qualifications so not everyone can offer Oxide Sedation.

    Market Mall Dental Care is proudly qualified to offer this treatment to our patients in NW Calgary. 

Oral Sedation Services in Northwest Calgary

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