Sedation Dentistry in Fort McMurray
Are you someone who fears visiting the dentist? Does the noise, smell or even the thought of visiting the dental clinic cause you to delay scheduling an appointment? If you are delaying a trip to the dentist due to a negative past experience, then we can help lessen your dental anxiety at Uptown Fort McMurray Dental with sedation dentistry.
While most patients do not require sedation for their dental procedures, it is important to know that fear of the dental work is by no means uncommon. There are a host of reasons that patients can feel anxiety related to the dentist, from the astringent smells to the injection of freezing and even claustrophobia. Whatever the reason, we want our patients to feel confident in speaking to us about their level of anxiety – there is no shame in it.
In fact, sedation doesn’t just benefit the patient. Anxious patients can find it difficult to keep their mouths open, they may shift and shake making it difficult for the dentist to perform procedures requiring accuracy, and typically take more time to treat. Sedation benefits all involved by introducing a feeling of drowsiness and calm, allowing the patient to passively undergo the procedure without undue stress and strain.
Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
• Patients who have had unpleasant past dental experiences.
• Individuals who find difficultly in feeling the effects of local anesthetics (freezing).
• Patients with very sensitive teeth.
• Patients who are in need of extensive dental work but would like to complete the dental procedures in as few visits as possible.
• Adults who dislike injections and the look of needles
• Individuals who object to the noise, smell, and taste associated with dental care
Let Our Experience Be Your Guide
Through the use of oral medications or IV sedation, patients can now have their dental needs addressed in a stress-free environment. Let us help you change your mind about a visit to the dentist. We encourage you to take that important first step and give us a call to book an appointment.
4 Steps to a Comfortable Dental Visit
Step 1. Make Your Initial Appointment
We are here to answer all your questions and help you feel at ease for your first visit at our office.
Step 2. Your First Visit
Our staff welcomes the opportunity to get to know you, and to ensure that the procedure is structured around what is comfortable for you. If sedation will be required to complete your dental treatment, we will provide the best option for you. You will meet with your dentist and discuss a treatment plan. We will provide you with pre-operative instructions to make sure you are fully prepared for your appointment. We will then book the appointments according to a schedule that suits your availability.
Step 3. Arriving for Treatment
A responsible adult must accompany you the day of your appointment in order to drive you home. Since your judgment and awareness are likely to be impaired under the effects of sedation, your driver must be personally known to you (no Ubers or taxis). Your health and comfort are extremely important to us.
Step 4. Going Home
Any post-treatment instructions or necessary medications required for you will be left with the driver, in order to ensure that you are not held responsible for retaining the information. Be sure to follow all of your dentist’s post-procedure instructions in order to recover safely and efficiently.
Once you have returned home, feel free to contact our office with any questions that may arise. After sedation, you are likely to spend the majority of the day relaxed and sleeping but you should have someone available to attend to you, should you require it.
Your dentist may recommend a soft and cool diet for the days following your procedure, if the procedure has limited your ability to process textures without injuring your extraction site or other sensitive area of the mouth. In this case, we recommend having premade foods available such as: jello, pudding, fruit juices and broths. Since the mouth heals quickly, your modified diet is unlikely to be needed for more than a couple of days before you can start to reintroduce texture to your food comfortably.
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When should I not consider sedation dentistry?
While many options for reducing anxiety are considered safe for most patients, there are certain conditions and medications that could pose health risks. Talk to us today if any of the following apply to you:
• Pregnancy and breastfeeding
• Acute narrow angle glaucoma
• Allergy or sensitivity to benzodiazepine medications
• Significant respiratory problems, such as severe asthma or emphysema
• Severe medical conditions
• Taking medications classified as MAO inhibitors
Contact Fort McMurray Dental to learn more about sedation dentistry in Fort McMurray. If you have questions about this or other services offered by our general dentist, contact our clinic today.