The sights and sounds of a dental office don’t quite measure up to the thrills of, say, Christmas morning. For many, cleaning the oven presents a more enjoyable experience than visiting a dentist. There’s no shame in admitting to a little DA (dental anxiety). “Just put me to sleep,” is a common refrain for those for whom the whirr of a dentist’s drill conjures up a medieval torture chamber.
Details Of Your Visit
We provide general anesthetic, IV sedation, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to lower your anxiety while you’re in the chair. You can take sedatives orally, skipping needles, pain and anxiety. Your Able dentist can accomplish more during a visit, little of which you’ll recall afterward.
Your requirements and your medical history will determine which level of sedation your dentist should use.
Common choices include:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a mild sedative administered through a nose hood throughout your procedure; nitrous oxide elevates your mood, relieves anxiety and reduces pain; side effects are minimal and its safety level is high.
- Intravenous sedation gives many patients a sense of having slept through their visit; used for shorter procedures, IV sedation is injected into your bloodstream and results are immediate; if you choose IV sedation, you will require a friend to drive you home.
- Oral conscious sedation, taken before your appointment, dulls your senses, leaving you with little or no memory of the procedure. Several pharmaceuticals are available to your Able dentist for this type of sedation, most from the benzodiazepine family; they include Valium, Halcion, Ativan and Versed; your dentist will select the most appropriate for your procedure.
Often, a general anesthetic is recommended for your dental procedure for any one of several reasons. It’s used to:
- Alleviate pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Facilitate dentistry for disabled patients and children
- Accommodate those whose systems have been compromised
Lethbridge Dental Surgical Suites is a non-hospital surgical facility approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the Alberta Dental Association. Able works with anesthetists from the Chinook Regional Hospital and with a team of registered nurses. We offer a recovery suite to ease your “return to the real world” under the supervision of our registered recovery room nurses.