Are you afraid of visiting the dentist?
Dr. Lisa Mallett is licensed to offer Oral, Nitrous Oxide and IV Sedation Dentistry!
If even the thought of a trip to the dentist makes you feel somewhat anxious, don’t feel alone. Dental phobia, or fear of the dental chair, is reported to occur in up 75% of people to one degree or another. Although facing and banishing your fear would be a great accomplishment, Sedation Dentistry at Chinook Smiles’s Chinook Centre location is a more realistic option that works by helping you manage your anxiety.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
The first step on your path to anxiety free dental treatment is to understand what Sedation Dentistry is and how it can benefit you. In the following page, we will walk you through the facts and process of Sedation Dentistry at Chinook Smiles in Calgary. You can trust that our dentists are there to help you manage your dental fears and continue on the path of dental health that you and your family deserve.
In fact, Sedation Dentistry has helped thousands of people manage their dental phobia and enabled them to take the needed steps to care for their dental health. We welcome you to read carefully through the facts about Sedation Dentistry and then to take action by booking an appointment to see if Sedation Dentistry is right for you.
How is Sedation Dentistry administered?
Sedation Dentistry uses sedatives to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state in patients. Sedatives range from mild to moderate in their effect and may be administered by our Calgary dentists in one of three ways:
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation Dentistry;
- Oral Sedation Dentistry
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry
IV Sedation (administered by Dr. Lisa Mallett) is an effective and safe way to provide moderate sedative effects. IV sedation has some unique benefits: since IV sedation drugs are administered directly into the bloodstream, they take an immediate effect; as well, Dr. Mallett can tailor the dosage of IV delivered sedatives to the individual patient and can administer drugs to counteract the sedation drugs and thereby wake the patient at the appropriate time. In general, IV sedation tends to produce a deeper level of sedation than oral sedatives.
Oral Sedation is an often requested method our dentists use to empower patients in the management of their fears. In this method, oral sedatives are taken in pill form. Oral sedation patients typically report feeling comfortable and remembering little of the treatment, as if they had slept through the treatment. Despite the experience of sleeping through the procedure, oral Sedation Dentistry patients actually maintain a level of consciousness which allows them to follow their dentist’s instructions during the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation (also known as “laughing gas”) is inhaled by the patient to induce a moderate state of relaxation.
What type of Sedation is best for me?
It is important to disclose any past drug use or current medical conditions so that our Calgary dentists can select an appropriate Sedation Dentistry method for you. We suggest you bring a detailed list of your medical history, including any medications and supplements you are taking to the pre-treatment consultation. Please contact Chinook Smiles, Chinook Centre Dentist to book a consultation appointment.
What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
One of the major benefits of Sedation Dentistry is that it allows people with dental phobia to stop avoiding regular dental treatments. Routine dental maintenance, such as hygiene visits and treating early stage cavities is essential in preventing the onset of more complex dental problems. By following recommended routine care and maintenance, patients can avoid the very thing they fear and end up with fewer visits to the dentist!
Another highlight of Sedation Dentistry is the perception of time that sedation patients experience. Sedation Dentistry patients often recall long and complex dental procedures as occurring in minutes rather than long periods of time. Therefore, our Calgary dentists can perform longer procedures in a single visit rather than spacing them over several visits. Fewer appointments means that treatments like smile makeovers, the replacement of missing teeth through dentures, implants or bridges, as well as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and other complex dental treatments are no longer out of reach for patients with dental phobia.
Is Sedation safe?
Sedation Dentistry is considered very safe. To ensure the safety of Sedation Dentistry patients, dentists are required to use monitoring equipment during the procedure, including a pulse oximeter and oxygen equipment. Dentists are also required to have reversal medication agents on hand in the rare case of an adverse reaction to the sedatives.
If you have further questions or concerns about Sedation Dentistry, let us know! At Chinook Smiles, we are happy to spend time with you to make sure you are informed and comfortable with your treatment.
Is sleep dentistry the same as Sedation?
Sedation has sometimes been referred to as sleep dentistry, but the term can be misleading. In Sedation you are not actually asleep, though you may feel sleepy due to the effects of the sedatives. Also, the term sleep dentistry is sometimes connected to the use of general anesthesia. The use of general anesthesia, however, is not considered Sedation Dentistry.
Does insurance cover Sedation?
Insurance coverage typically does not include Sedation Dentistry; however, some sedation procedures may be covered based on your treatment. Since each extended health plan is unique, it’s best to check your dental insurer to determine if you will be eligible for coverage. We can assist you with this process and with making the necessary financial arrangements.
What to consider on the day of the sedation appointment.
Patients receiving Sedation treatments must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver who can accompany them home. If you are receiving oral sedatives, we recommend you bring a comfortable pillow and blanket and some music to listen to while relaxing before the treatment. After the appointment, a caregiver should stay with you until the effects of the sedation are gone.
We welcome you to contact Chinook Smiles, Chinook Centre Dentist to book your appointment today.