Dental Sedation

Dental sedation is becoming more and more frequent for not just anxious dental patients, but for people who would rather be more comfortable through their dental procedures.  Not all dental clinics offer dental sedation, but here at Langley Village Dental, you have the option of choosing dental sedation for your dental procedures.

What is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation involves taking a couple of pills before your appointment.  You will arrive at the dental clinic one hour before your dental appointment and the dentist will provide you with some pills that you will take.  It usually takes about 40 minutes to an hour for the dental sedation to take effect.  During this time, you will be monitored and placed in a relaxing environment until it is time for your appointment.  The dentist will check on you frequently to check your vitals and the level of sedation you have reached.

What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

The effects of dental sedation can vary from person to person.  The main effect of sedation is a high level of relaxation.  People feel relaxed and drowsy, kind of like someone who has had a few drinks.  Once in the chair, majority of people fall asleep and many will even start snoring!  There is also a pain reduction effect of dental sedation that helps with certain procedures, such as giving anesthetic (ie. freezing).  Many people also have a little short term memory loss as well so they do not even remember what occurred during the appointment.

Are There Any After Effects of Sedation?

After the appointment, most people still are feeling the effects of the dental sedation.  They will usually go home and sleep it off in a couple of hours.  Another side effect is short term memory loss.  Usually the patient doesn’t remember getting into the chair or the procedures performed.  That also only lasts a couple of hours.  After that, there are usually no other side effects.

What Else Should I Know About Dental Sedation?

Sedation performed in the dental office is very safe.  It can be performed safely on a majority of healthy adults.  Some people may not be suitable for this procedure, such as people with glaucoma, nerve disease, pregnant women, allergies to the medication and depression.  Our dentist will sit down with you and discuss your medical history and whether this is a good option for you.

If you choose to be sedated, then you must have a responsible adult pick you up and escort you home after your appointment.  You will not be able to drive or operate machinery for a few hours afterwards.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us and will gladly answer your questions!

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