At Ocean Dental in Burnaby, we offer sedation services to anxious or nervous patients. We don't want anything to prevent you from receiving the treatment you deserve.
The concept of sedation options is simple – you will be given a sedative that will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. You may even sleep through your treatment! Sedation options help patients from all walks of life – those who are anxious about visiting a dentist, who avoid regular dental care, who experience pain or who simply prefer to sleep through a procedure.
I.V. Sedation is a safe and comfortable method where the patient is given the necessary dosage of required medications through an IV placed by the dentist. Although most patients will state they have "fallen asleep", the medication allows patients to respond to instructions and answer questions, but creates an effect so that the patient has no recollection of the procedure taking place.
Oral sedation involves pills or liquid taken orally. The medication allows patients to enter a state of total relaxation during treatment. Usually, patients also receive an injection of local anesthetic. Inhalation sedation, such as nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is another alternative. Often, the dentist will also provide a local anesthetic with laughing gas to avoid any pain.