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Experiencing Dental Phobia? These Oral Services Can Help

Dental phobia is a pressing concern for many. Their fear can be strong enough to prevent people from visiting the dentist, which can ultimately lead to your oral health becoming compromised. For this reason, learning about the various services available can help tremendously. One saving grace is dental sedation. A calming and tranquil-inducing process to quell your nerves, this procedure may very well be the answer to your troublesome dental woes.

As such, we here at Stoney Trail Dental want to help put your worries to rest. With our dental sedation services, your concerns will be relieved, and you can relax and maybe actually enjoy your dental experience. Keep reading to learn more.

What are Sedation Dental Services?

Oral sedation dentistry is a procedure that uses sedative medicine to quell patient anxiety associated with dental visits. The medication helps to calm patients down; putting them in a peaceful state of relaxation and tranquillity. Generally speaking, patients will remain awake during the dental procedure once the sedative medication has been administered.

Who is Sedation Most Appropriate For?

Sedation will be most suited for people who have a genuine fear or anxiety associated with dental visits that are preventing them from booking appointments.

Additionally, dental sedation dentistry may also be for those who:

  • Are not good at handling pain
  • Are squeamish in the dentist's chair
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Possess a poor gag reflex
  • Require a lot of dental work

Moreover, sometimes children are provided with dental sedation if they are scared of the dentist. Nitrous oxide is the safer option for kids, and almost any dentist can utilize it.

Benefits of Dental Sedation

Dental sedation is a service that offers plenty of advantages. Especially if you find yourself unusually concerned about dental visits, these benefits will certainly be of interest to you.

A few of these benefits include but are not limited to:

  • A comfortable and relaxing dental experience
  • Quelling and alleviation of fear and anxiety
  • Easy to administer
  • Makes the dentist’s job easier and more efficient
  • Pain relief
  • Ideal for individuals with special needs

If you’re chronically paralyzed at the thought of visiting your dentist, and you know you’re long overdue for an appointment; ask your dentist about dental sedation. It will ease your concerns, help you relax, and make you realize that dental visits are no big deal.

But with that in mind, you may be curious to know what options of dental sedation are available. At Stoney Trail Dental, we offer several choices, such as…

Laughing Gas

Based on your dental procedure as well as the degree of your anxiety/fear, laughing gas can be used on its own, or in conjunction with other dental sedation alternatives. The process involves a mask over your mouth and nose that injects nitrous oxide into your system. Moreover, it wears off quite quickly, which means you will be fine to escort yourself home after the procedure is complete.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation keeps you awake, however, your memory of the procedure will be foggy at best. Taken in pill form, oral sedation provides a drowsy experience as the dentist performs the operation while in your sedated state. The effects of this sedation will require you to have a driver to help you return home.

IV Sedation

Taken intravenously, IV sedation requires you to have an escort to bring you to and from your appointment. A cream is applied to desensitize the area, this helps you to relax. Then an IV will be inserted into the region of the applied cream.

Aftercare for Sedation Dentistry

Best practices for post sedation dentistry will be provided by your dentist. Some of which will include having a colleague, friend, or family member drive you to and from the dentist's office, and not operating a motor vehicle or any machinery for at least 24 hours after the procedure. For your own safety and wellbeing – as well as that of others – please adhere to your dentist’s orders.

Other Services

At Stoney Trail Dental, we are committed to serving you and your dental needs in as many ways as possible. As such, we offer a myriad of oral services. View the list below to see which ones are most applicable to you.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Are your wisdom teeth growing uncomfortably, resulting in pain and discomfort? If so, get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will perform the procedure of wisdom tooth extraction. This procedure removes the pain and stops further problems from developing.

Don’t wait to get a handle on this, as neglect will only worsen the issue. Wisdom teeth, if ignored, can cause infections, swollen gums, irregular growth of other teeth, etc.

Root Canal Therapy

An old folk’s tale of root canals is that they are painful. This is false. In reality, root canals are pain-free. However, the issue causing the demand for this treatment is where the pain and discomfort come from whereas root canals themselves actually remove the pain.

Within your tooth – underneath the enamel and the hard coating referred to as dentin – is a soft tissue known as pulp. Pulp assists with growing your tooth root. But if the pulp gets infected and you experience pain or inflammation, it might be time to book an appointment for a root canal.

Dental Cavities

Are your teeth damaged in any way? If so, checking with your dentist is a prudent choice to see if the culprit is a cavity. Openings and dental cavities can tunnel their way to your enamel and result in decay. If neglected further, these cavities can bring forth a plethora of other oral problems.

Cavities are the result of poor dietary habits (eating too much sugary or processed foods), bad oral habits (not brushing, flossing, or scheduling time to see the dentist), etc. Stave off cavities by eating healthy, brushing and flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of whether you require sedation services to quell your fears, or a wisdom tooth extraction to ease your pain, a solution to your oral woes can be found by visiting us at Stoney Trail Dental. If you’d like to have one of our dental experts assist you with your oral hygiene, contact us today to book an appointment.


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on February 18, 2022

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