Even though pain has been eliminated from most dental procedures these days, few people look forward to visiting the dentist. In fact, Statistics Canada estimates that as many as 40% of Canadians admit to having some fear of dental procedures.
At Southbrook Dental Group our priority is ensuring our patients’ comfort, so we are pleased to offer oral sedation dentistry in our South Edmonton office for patients who experience anxiety. Even if the thought of dental drills makes your blood run cold and a basic hygiene exam causes your heart to race, it is important that you don’t allow fear to block you from having a bright, beautiful smile and healthy teeth.
How does oral dental sedation work?
Approximately an hour prior to starting treatment, your dentist will provide you with a pill that will help you relax. In most cases, patients experience no pain and remain comfortable while the treatment is being performed. Because the sedative nature of the pill can affect your motor skills and response time, you will need to have someone available to drive you home after the procedure is complete. Activities such as driving, drinking alcohol, and operating machinery should be avoided until the sedation has completely worn off.
Oral sedation allows you to remain conscious and responsive during your appointment but you will feel very relaxed. All sedation dentistry procedures are strictly regulated by Alberta Dental Association regulations and requirements for your safety.