Our Winnipeg dentist offers sedation for anxious patients to help them feel relaxed during their dental appointments.
Dental sedation uses medication to help patients calm their anxiety during dental procedures. At Norwood Dental Centre, we offer oral sedation and nitrous oxide to help you feel more relaxed in the dentist's chair.
Many sedative medications can be taken orally, which means no injections are needed.
For minimal sedation, your dentist may recommend that you take a pill about an hour before your procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you will still be awake.
A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation, depending on the patient and procedure. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure, but they can usually be awakened with a gentle shake.
Commonly referred to as 'laughing gas,' nitrous oxide is another form of sedation offered at Norwood Dental Centre.
You inhale the nitrous oxide combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose, which helps you to relax.
Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.