Dental procedures don’t have to be terrifying and painful. Partner with a dental team that understands sedation! The Summerland Dental staff puts your health and safety first during every dental interaction. Contact our team today to learn more about our conscious sedation options and how it can make your next trip to the dentist much easier!
There are many reasons why we may suggest these sedation options for our clients including:
- Jaw surgery
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Multiple minor procedures in one sitting
- Dental implants
Inhalation Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
Nitrous oxide is a colourless, odourless (sometimes sweet in smell and taste) inorganic gas first used in surgical and dental anesthesia in the 1800’s. Today, nitrous oxide sedation (commonly referred to as “conscious sedation”) can be a safe and effective means of managing pain (“relative analgesia”) and anxiety in dentistry. This method is commonly used in “Labour and Delivery”.
All inhalation anaesthetics, such as nitrous oxide, are absorbed and distributed through the lungs and into the bloodstream by pressure gradients. Since gases have a low solubility in blood, the gas reaches the brain quickly where the anesthetic action occurs. Systemic elimination occurs with pulmonary exhalation (through breathing), and due to its low solubility allows nitrous oxide to be removed rapidly from the body.
This method is widely used in dentistry to relieve the anxiety that can accompany a dental procedure. This medical procedure involves the administration of a “oral sedative” which is also known as conscious sedation. Unlike Nitrous Oxide, this medication deems you legally impaired and you must have a person drive you to and from the practice. The effects of the medication leaves you tired and sleepy but departs your system within 24 hours of administration.
Intravenous Conscious (IV) Sedation
Everyone has different levels of pain tolerance. For some, going to the dentist for a simple procedure turns them into a nervous wreck as they are a little more sensitive than the average patient.
With dental IV sedation, the Summerland Dental Team can take all the pain and worry out of your trip to the dentist. IV sedation is also a powerful tool for oral surgery, making modern dental procedures less invasive.