Sedation Dentistry Orleans - Dentist In Orleans - Orleans Dental

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist due to dental fear or phobia? If so, you're not alone since many patients have some form of dental fear. At Orleans Gardens Dental Centre, we are committed to giving our patients a comfortable and relaxing dental experience. That's why we offer sedation dentistry so you will remain comfortable and relaxed during your appointment. 


What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a form of dentistry that uses medication to help patients relax during a dental visit. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” because some of the sedatives used can put patients to sleep or in the “twilight zone”, where they are awake but not fully. 


What kind of sedation do dentists use?

At our sedation dentistry in Orleans, we use different types of sedation for different types of patients and procedures:

  • Oral conscious sedation:

Oral conscious sedation is used to relieve a patient's fears and anxieties during their procedure. One hour after ingesting an oral sedative, we are ready to begin treatment and the patient is completely relaxed and calm for their procedure. We may sometimes add nitrous oxide to further increase the sedation effects for the patient.

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation:

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, quickly puts the patient in a euphoric and relaxed state. During this state, all pain and discomfort are drastically reduced which allows the dentist to safely perform the procedure. The gas is inhaled through a face mask which the patient breathes through. The dentist monitors and controls the amount of sedation received so the patient remains safe and comfortable during the procedure.

  • Parenteral Conscious Sedation:

An intramuscular form of IV sedation is available with Dr. David Craig, who performs extraction and implant surgeries right here in our office. Conscious sedation is a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation or verbal commands (such as “open wider”).


When do we use sedatives?

We use sedatives when a patient has dental anxiety, or during a challenging procedure such as: 

  • Impacted wisdom teeth removal
  • Root canal therapy in Orleans
  • Extractions 
  • Implants
  • Dental cleanings

Sedatives are used during dental procedures to ensure pain suppression, gag reflex control, faster dental work, and providing multiple dental work in one sitting. 


How long does it take to come out of deep sedation?

The effects of local anesthetic typically last for anywhere from four to six hours, though you may still feel some numbness and tingling for up to 24 hours after the procedure has been completed. It is often safe to eat and chew after a few hours and once you begin to regain sensation in your lips and mouth.


Our dentists in Orleans will help you to choose the right sedation option for you. Contact us or book an appointment online to learn more about sedation dentistry. 

Last Updated On 2021-10-25