Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Sedation dentistry offers a safe and effective way for patients to overcome their fears and other dental issues so that they can get the treatment they need to maintain oral health and avoid major dental problems.

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

Are you a person who avoids having dental work done because you have a strong fear of dental treatment? If so, you are not alone. Research shows that the most prevalent reason people put off visiting the dentist is FEAR.  While your feelings are understandable, delaying dental treatment or neglect can cause a range of  dental problems, from early problems like gingivitis or gum inflammation, to become major dental issues that require extensive intervention. With the option of sedation dentistry, you can overcome your anxieties and get the treatment you need. Even procedures such as surgery can be non-traumatic. As an added benefit, sedation dentistry allows patients to combine multiple procedures into one or two visits, saving time and limiting inconvenience and recovery periods.

While sedation dentistry is not for everyone, it may be the answer you've been seeking for yourself or a loved one. Sedation dentistry could be right for you if you exhibit any of the following:

  • Dental Anxiety
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Difficulty Getting Numb
  • Complex Dental Issues
  • Dental Phobias – Fear of Needles
  • Limited Time to Complete Dental Work
  • Traumatic Dental Experiences

Who is NOT a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Patients who have a medical condition should notify their dentist about the condition prior to a sedation dentistry procedure. Patients should also notify their dentist about any medications they are currently taking. Any previous allergic reactions to medications should also be reported to the sedation dentist. Sedation dentistry is generally reserved for patients who are 18 years old and older. However, there are paediatric dentists available to treat children who cannot tolerate dental work.


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