Calgary Sedation in Dentistry

At Arbour Lake Dental Care, we offer a number of options to help you find relief from dental anxiety, including oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. We prioritize your comfort by using reliable methods of sedation in dentistry in our Calgary clinic.
To learn more about your options for sedation during dental procedures, call us to schedule an appointment today!

Oral Sedation in Dentistry for Calgary Patients

Some patients experience debilitating fear regarding dental procedures. If this sounds like you or someone you love, oral conscious sedation can be a great relief for you and your loved ones. Oral conscious sedation is a popular and effective option in sedation in dentistry because it works well for most patients.

Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation

  • Ease of administration – pill form
  • Effectiveness and the ability to have successful, longer appointments
  • A great option for those with fear of needles (no IV)
  • Typically well-tolerated by the majority of our patients
  • Little to no memory of your visit

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

  • Rapid onset which means that the sedative effects are felt quickly
  • Reduces gag reflex
  • Has few-to-no lingering after effects

Intravenous sedation

Intravenous sedation is very effective for creating a calm state in anxious or phobic dental patients. One of its benefits is that it creates little to no memory of the dental procedure afterward and is an increasingly popular choice for patients with anxiety. Patients who have IV sedation require a companion to bring them to and from their dental appointment and to stay with them afterward.

  • The IV is inserted and an anti-anxiety sedative (usually a short-acting benzodiazepine) is administered by a doctor qualified to administer it. 
  • The onset is rapid and the patient typically experiences a state of conscious relaxation with little or no memory of the experience.
  • Patient is able to communicate, allowing the dental team to confirm the state of the sedation.
  • Pulse and oxygen levels are monitored throughout the procedure for patient safety.
  • Most patients are “awake” with little or no memory of the event.
  • The procedure is always supervised by dental professionals trained in IV sedation.

Please feel free to talk to one of our professional care givers at Arbour Lake Dental Care regarding sedation in dentistry or any other procedure you may have a question about. We’re here to help. Please call us today.

Pre-Operative Care
The following instructions are general guidelines. Follow the instructions you received during your pre-op consultation as they will be more specific to your needs.

  1. No food or water 8 hours prior to your appointment.
  2. Do not drink any alcohol.
  3. No illegal drugs of any variety.
  4. Inform us of any prescription drugs you are taking.

Post-Operative Care

  1. Patient cannot drive for 24 hours after sedation
  2. Do not operate any hazardous devices for 24 hours
  3. A responsible adult should be with the sedated patient for several hours after the appointment until the effects for the medication has worn off. This amount of time varies from person to person.
  4. Patient should not go up and down stairs unattended.
  5. Patient can eat and drink as soon as they would like and doing this will likely 'wake them up' faster than if they did not.
  6. Patient should drink fluids as soon as they are able.
  7. Patient may be drowsy after they leave our office. They may also seem alert. Attend to both alert or drowsy people the same.
  8. Always assist the patient when they are walking.
  9. Call us if you have any questions or difficulties. If you feel that your symptoms warrant a physician and you can't reach us, go to the closest emergency room immediately.
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