The 3 Most Common Types of Dental Sedation Used in Alberta

The Alberta government closely monitors and regulates the use of dental sedatives by dentists across the province in order to ensure that industry standards and safety practices are being met.

There are many different scenarios, which might require the use of dental sedation. For example, a children’s dentist might use dental sedation to calm a terrified child, or a 24-hour emergency dentist might need to sedate a patient in order to minimize pain and save a tooth. Dentists performing cosmetic dentistry may require a patient to be sedated during a lengthy procedure. Whatever the circumstances, your dentist in Edmonton will likely use one of the following three types of dental sedatives. Keep reading to learn more. 

1. Intra-venous (IV) sedation
IV sedation is used on patients who are feeling anxious about receiving dental treatment. Sedation medication is administered through an IV in the arm. With IV sedation, you’ll be numb enough to not feel pain, but still awake enough to be aware of your surroundings. If you’ve received IV medication, you’ll need someone to drive you home after your appointment.

2. Oral sedation
The strength of oral sedation drugs can vary depending on the type used and the amount given, and are used to induce a state of calm, drowsiness, or even deep sleep. You will not be able to drive yourself home after receiving oral sedation.

3. Laughing gas

Laughing gas is a powerful sedative that can be used to sedate patients undergoing extensive dental work, or who are anxious about having a dental procedure done. A few of the benefits of laughing gas are that the dosage can be quickly and easily adjusted to last as long as needed, no injection is required and there are no lasting side effects so patients can drive themselves home after treatment. 

When Dental Sedation is Used
The type of sedation that you receive depends on your overall health as well as the options that your dentist offers. It’s important to note that in Alberta, only an anesthesiologist can administer sedation medications. Janz Family Dental offers laughing gas, oral sedation and a mix of the two together which offers deeper level sedation at the dental clinic in Edmonton. Speak to one of the dentists at Janz Family Dental to learn more about which type of dental sedation method is right for you.

Janz Family Dental is a family run dental clinic with more than 30 years of experience. If you’re looking for a children’s dentist, a 24-hour emergency dentist or just a regular dentist that you can visit for routine checkups, visit Janz Family Dental in Edmonton without delay. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to book an appointment.

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