Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step into a dentist's clinic? Are you nervous with the idea of visiting the dentist? Do you have a true dental phobia?.

There are many reasons why 50 percent of people put dental care at the bottom of their health-care list. However, you are not alone. Many people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.

At Clinique dentaire ADF, we offer our patients two types of Sedation dentistry to help take away the anxiety associated with dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist.

It may also be appropriate for people who:

  • have a low pain threshold
  • can't sit still in the dentist's chair
  • have very sensitive teeth
  • have a bad gag reflex that makes dental visits unpleasant
  • need a large amount of dental work completed

 

1. INHALATION SEDATION - NITROUS OXIDE - LAUGHING GAS

With this option, you are awake but relaxed during the dental procedure. You breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. It's colorless, sweet smelling, and non-irritating. The gas helps you relax and eliminates the fear, the nervousness and tension associated with dental procedures. Furthermore, you remain in complete control. You are conscious, and you can follow directions. The end result is safer, quicker and more comfortable dental care.

Humphrey Davy (1778-1829), one of the pioneers of N20 experimentation, described the effects of Nitrous oxide (N20) on himself following self-administration for a toothache and gum infection as follows:

On the day when the inflammation was the most troublesome, I breathed three large doses of nitrous oxide. The pain always diminished after the first four or five inspirations; the thrilling came on as usual, and uneasiness was for a few minutes swallowed up in pleasure.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF NITROUS OXIDE?

Nitrous oxide works very rapidly. It reaches the brain within 20 seconds, and relaxation and painkilling properties develop after two or three minutes.

With nitrous oxide, it is easy to give incremental doses until the desired action is obtained. This technique is called titration. We have virtually absolute control over the action of the drug. The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment, allowing the person who administers the gas to increase or decrease the depth of sedation. Other sedation techniques don't allow for this. The effects of nitrous oxide are almost instantaneous and can be easily reversed by introducing higher levels of oxygen.

Other sedation techniques have a long duration of action since the effects of pills or intravenous drugs continue even after we have stopped administering them. Not so with laughing gas, it is administrated for the exact time span required for sedation.

There's no "hangover" effect — the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and don't need an escort.

You can't be allergic to nitrous oxide.

It's also safe to use if you suffer from epilepsy, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, or cerebrovascular disease.

There are some instances where we cannot recommend nitrous oxide:

You may not be comfortable with the effects of laughing gas either because you're afraid you might lose control or because it makes you feel nauseous.

Since you have to breathe the gases through your nose, it is not a suitable type of sedation for individuals who can't breathe through the nose. If you're a pure mouth breather, if your nose is blocked, have a cold, congestion from allergies or some other conditions that impede breathing through your nose, it can't be used.

Please be thorough when you discuss your medical history with your dentist so that we can confirm if you are an ideal candidate for this type of sedation.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF IT'S FOR ME?

Why not ask if you can have a 5 minute 'sample' so that you know what to expect on the day of your procedure? The fee for laughing gas depends on the length of time of administration and many insurance companies will cover the cost of nitrous oxide sedation.

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2. ORAL SEDATION DENTISTRY

For the anxious patient, our other option, oral sedation dentistry is a miracle! For oral sedation, you take a pill. This new treatment addresses the anxiety and fear associated with dental procedures. With the use of oral sedation, treatment is performed more comfortably than one might have imagined.

After an initial visit to answer basic questions, a sedation appointment is scheduled. At the start of the treatment session, we administer medication orally to induce a comfortable and relaxed state. Throughout the treatment, you will be continually monitored by our specially trained team.

As the medication takes effect, you will feel drowsy, although you're still awake. The anxiety of dental procedures goes away. Gagging goes away. The procedure flies by. During the treatment, you maintain a level of consciousness that allows for safety and cooperation. Afterwards, you will have little or no memory of the procedure. Patients often describe oral sedation dentistry like being half asleep, but being able to move, speak and respond to verbal requests.

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ORAL SEDATION DENTISTRY?

It is simple and safe.

It addresses the fear or anxiety that keeps some people from visiting their dentist on a regular basis.

Dental work can be done comfortably and the patient is fully relaxed.

Sedation dentistry patients are more likely to return to their dentist for routine care and are less likely to neglect their dental health.

Oral health problems that accumulate to the point of requiring extensive dental treatments are reduced and even avoided.

Much can be accomplished at one time, and patients have no negative memory of the experience.

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