Sedation Dentistry: 4 Amazing Benefits

For years, the fear of going to the dentist hasn’t subsided in people! It’s more of a stereotypical perception that people have- going to the dentist hurts really bad! But how far has medical science advanced in this century? Well, it’s enough to relieve your dental anxiety and grant you a painless experience at the dentist.

Sedation is not new in medical science and its widespread usage in medical treatment for decades meant that it wasn’t long before it got introduced in dentistry as well! Today, there’s a range of sedation that you can choose from, depending on your anxiety levels and medical history. One of the main benefits of sedation dentistry is the fact that there’s a suitable level of sedation available for every dental procedure.

For example, nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) helps you get mildly sedated, so you feel more relaxed throughout your treatment. Oral Sedation is easily administered and with the combination of anesthetic and this medication, it allows you to stay relaxed and have pain-free work completed, while IV Sedation offers a safe alternative to general anesthesia for dental procedures. Sedation ranges from slight (mildly sleepy) to deep (deep sleeping). Also, it has a high amnesia effect allowing patients to manage their anxiety surrounding the dental office much more effectively.

Apart from the obvious fact that sedation dentistry eases your experience at the dentist, what are the benefits of sedation dentistry? Do the benefits of sedation dentistry outweigh the side-effects? Let’s answer these questions with the 4 common benefits of sedation dentistry!

1. Dental Anxiety is Now a Thing of the Past!

You’re laid back on the chair and you see the dentist coming closer to your mouth with what appears to be a sharp object! But you don’t feel anything! Would you still be scared?

There’s also something called pre-visit anxiety. Sedation dentistry helps you relax more while making a dental appointment because you know that no matter what, there would be no pain or discomfort associated with your dental treatment!

2. Treatments Become Easier and Quicker

Imagine trying to take down a note on a piece of paper and the wind just keeps the paper flapping! Irritating, right? That’s somewhat like what a dentist has to go through when you keep resisting throughout a treatment with your gag reflexes!

With you relaxing on that chair, it becomes much easier for the dentist to treat you better. Subsequently, it takes lesser time for the dentist to complete your treatment, which brings us to the next benefit!

3. Fewer Appointments 

More progress in one appointment means that you’d require fewer appointments to get done with a dental treatment! It’s not that you’d dread going to the dentist again despite being assured with sedation dentistry. But you’ve got some other work too, don’t you?!

4. Prevents Trauma, Improves Oral Health 

This is one of the lesser thought about benefits but it’s as true as the rest. One bad trip to the dentist is enough to make you apprehensive about going to the dentist for the rest of your life.

However, with sedation dentistry, you’re guaranteed a trauma-free experience! This is what wouldn’t make you think twice before booking your next appointment? Yes, that does mean better oral health for you!

Those were the benefits of sedation dentistry but what are the side effects? There’s an extensive official document laying out the standard of practice for administration of sedation with respect to dental services in Alberta. Every dental practice has to be abiding by this standard to legally offer sedation dentistry to its patients.

Thus, the benefits of sedation dentistry indeed outweigh the risks of its side-effects. However, that’s as long as you get the most reliable dental practice near you. In Airdrie, you can get sedation dentistry from one of the best and most reliable dental practices in Alberta with just one click!

More About Sedation Dentistry

Here’s something you may not know…


There are four methods for sedating a patient during an in-office dental procedure. They are:


  • Anxiolytic or minimal sedation
  • Conscious/moderate sedation
  • Deep sedation
  • General anesthesia.


Each one is tailored to the amount of dental work that needs to be done. Your dentist will determine which method is best for you and your health while still being able to alleviate some of the pain you might feel.


What About Side Effects?


Patients often have little or no memory of their treatment experience. In fact, many patients are amazed they don’t remember anything about their dental care. And the fact that they don’t even remember it happening is one of their FAVORITE side effects.


Before your procedure, however, your dentist and/or staff should discuss with you any particular concerns or side-effects that might be relevant to your unique circumstance.


How Do You Know You’ll Like Your Experience?

Have a pleasant dental experience
Have a pleasant dental experience

In addition to wanting a beautiful smile, most dentist realize you want a good experience as well. Make sure the dentist you select offers special services to make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your regular visit.  Some offices go above and beyond to make their patients have a great experience when they get work done.


You’ll also want to be sure the dentist you select is experienced in sedation dentistry and has the credentials to perform it.


Having the answers to your questions about sedation dentistry will help you feel good about your choice when the time comes.


In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Patient’s Guide To Sedation For Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

What Dolphins and Sedation Dentistry Have in Common…

Most people don’t know this, but you can tell a dolphin’s age by its teeth. Just like trees, dolphin’s teeth have rings inside them that tell how old they are. Their teeth are permanent, but they don’t use them for chewing. Why? They have no muscles in their jaws and as a result can’t chew. They have to swallow their food whole.


You, along with all other humans, do have muscles in your jaw and might find those jaws are clenched with anxiety when thinking about dental procedures!


Well, not to worry. There is a way you can have your teeth fixed but without any fear you may associate with it.


Getting your smile in shape while under sedation can be an easy choice for you as it has helped so many others.


And truth is, most people are admiring their new smile within weeks, not months or years (sometimes days)! Even better, during treatment you’ll be relaxed and worry-free.


Sedation dentistry is safe and effective, thanks to the methods of sedation and the training required to be able to practice Sedation Dentistry. For instance, during IV Sedation you are slowly receiving the medication, as opposed to having a set amount administered all at once.

West Airdrie's top sedation dentist can help you get over your fears!
West Airdrie’s top sedation dentist can help you get over your fears!

As you are receiving medication, you are continually monitored, and the doctor determines if more or less medication is needed to achieve the desired sedative effect throughout a given dental procedure.  The amount of drug required will vary from person to person.


Whether you just need a little of the ‘edge’ taken off while at the dentist or need a full ‘don’t want to remember a thing’ treatment, sedation dentistry can help. No one should be fearful of going to the dentist.


Oh, and the dolphin has absolutely nothing to do with sedation dentistry. But it sure is an interesting fact about how they have teeth, but don’t use them.


In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides further information  on the subject. Why not get your copy now? THE SMART CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO Sedation Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Can an Abscessed Tooth Kill You?

Whether you’re just plain stubborn or you have specific reasons for putting up with a toothache;  an abscessed tooth can indeed kill you.

What is an abscessed tooth?

abscess tooth diagram
Stages of an abscess tooth

An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection that has spread to the root or root tip of the tooth. For a variety of reasons, bacteria got into the tooth (cavity, etc.) and became an infection which spread to the root.

Your jaw bone holds your teeth in place, not your gums. Without seeking dental help, the infection can spread from the jaw bone to the head and neck, causing a brain infection, sepsis, pneumonia, heart disease, and ultimately, death.

abscessed tooth can equal emergency if ignored.
Save a trip to the hospital

Want to avoid a trip to the emergency room?

Pew Charitable Trusts reported that in 2009, over 830,590 people went to emergency rooms as a result of abscessed teeth and other preventable dental issues. That number was 16% higher than it was in 2006…just 3 years earlier!

The majority of those patients could have avoided a trip to the emergency room if they’d have just let their dentist know they were suffering. Significantly, they could have avoided the emergency visit completely if they had received regular dental care beforehand.

An abscessed tooth doesn’t have to be your demise. But it could be…if it is left untreated. When you have any pain in your mouth, gums, or tongue please call your dentist immediately to take care of it. Also, if you’re fearful or anxious about visiting your dentist, West Airdrie Dental now offers several new, painless ways for you to relax during your visit.

There’s no reason the take the chance your abscessed tooth will be listed as your cause of death. Get it treated!

Want to know more? West Airdrie Dental is pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered,  call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587-317-7713 or click here to visit our website.

Do You Have Ties to George Washington?

Contrary to popular myth, the first President George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from ivory, gold, and other human teeth.

The dentures were apparently very uncomfortable and made Washington extremely self-conscious, causing his lower lip to jut out unnaturally. Dentists weren’t very popular back then, so teeth falling out and needing to be replaced was common.

For some people, dentists still aren’t very popular. The idea of going to the dentist adds stress and anxiety to their minds.

So, we thought you might benefit from some inside info that made sedation dentistry the right choice for so many of our other patients.

Today, I’m going to the top 2 most frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry.

What Is Sedation For Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a safe, comfortable way to completely relax during dental appointments. It sounds impossible to believe, but with this technique you really can “sleep” right through a dental appointment. Depending on the level of sedation chosen, patients may or may not actually fall asleep, but they do experience a deep feeling of calm and peace. Combined with the careful application of a numbing agent to any sensitive areas, patients experience a comfortable relaxing session with us.

Who’s It For?

Sedation is right for anyone who wants the dental care they need without the anxiety. It is particularly useful if you:

  • Have fears that make you delay or avoid proper dental care
  • Have had a bad experience with dentists in the past
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Suffer acute or chronic jaw soreness
  • Dislike the sights, sounds and smells associated with a dental office
  • Have trouble getting numb
  • Need a lot of work done, but don’t have time for several appointments
  • Are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth and want to take action
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Hate the sight of needles
  • Physical limitations such as back or neck problems

We realize there are tons of people who are scared of the dentist. But in reality people rarely report discomfort. We’ll see you a few times to make sure everything is healing properly but otherwise you’ll be able to go about your daily activities without any changes to routine.

Are there any questions that keep coming up for you? If you don’t ask you may never know…

Give us a call at 587-317-7713 (New Patients) or 403-980-0404 (Existing Patients) to tell us about it and I’ll get the answers you need!