Sedation Dentistry in Red Deer County AB
Having dental work done can be intimidating for some members of our patient family, so we are pleased to offer sedation options for those wishing to utilize them in our general dentistry clinic in Gasoline Alley.
Commonly referred to as “Laughing Gas,” nitrous oxide is a very safe gas to use for a variety of dental procedures. The sedation effect of nitrous oxide is relatively quick, so there is no need to arrive early or book extra appointment time if this is an option you would like to try. Similarly, the recovery time from the sedation effect of the nitrous oxide is just as quick; since it is a gas that is inhaled, as soon as the nitrous oxide is turned off and plain oxygen is flowing, our patients start to recover within seconds and experience a full recovery within minutes. This makes nitrous oxide a great sedation option for those who have driven themselves to their dental appointment!
The gas itself doesn’t have much of a smell, but we have a variety of flavoured delivery units for patients to choose from; from yummy bubble gum to sophisticated mint, there are acceptable choices for all ages. If nitrous oxide is a sedation option that you would like to know more about, just ask any of our friendly staff members at your next visit – we would be happy to tell you more!
Oral sedation is the use of medication (typically a pill) administered in our office for those patients who require longer lasting sedation. This method is a slower means to achieve the desired level of sedation, so we require our patients wishing to utilize oral sedation to arrive at least an hour early for their appointment.
The effects of the oral sedative are longer lasting than that of nitrous oxide, so it is imperative that patients utilizing oral sedation do not drive themselves to and from their dental appointment and continue to have the supervision of a responsible adult until the sedation effect has worn off. It is a safe way for patients who may be a little nervous about receiving the dental care and treatment that they need. If you have questions about using this type of sedation, please don’t hesitate to ask.
If you are wanting to use sedation at your next dental appointment but aren’t sure which method would be best for you, we are happy to discuss your options with you. We can offer each method individually or as a combination to suit your individual needs.
Contact us at (403) 848-0366, or stop in for a visit to find out more about the sedation options available to you at Gasoline Alley Dental in Red Deer, Alberta.