There are many people who avoid visiting the dentist as often as they should due to the anxiety surrounding dental appointments. Today, our Fort St. John dentists explain how dental sedation is a safe way to help you get the oral health care you need.
What is dental sedation?
Dental sedation uses medication, typically delivered orally or through an inhalent, to help make patients more comfortable before, during, and after dental treatment. Besides anxious patients, dental sedation may be recommended for patients that need complex treatment or who have a severe gag reflex.
Dental sedation allows our dentists to offer a lower-stress appointment so our patients can receive the critical oral health care they need to keep their mouths healthy.
Dental Sedation Options at Fort St. John Dental Clinic
At Fort St. John Dental Clinic we offer oral sedation. Oral sedation is a sedative that is administered in the form of a liquid or pill. These medications can be taken the night before an appointment to help you sleep, and/or one hour before your appointment to reduce anxiety leading up to and during treatment.
During your treatment, you will remain awake and responsive, and you won't feel any pain.
Is dental sedation safe?
Dental sedation is generally safe for most patients. Prior to prescribing the sedative, your dentist will review your medical history and discuss whether dental sedation is the right option for your situation.
While at our office, you will be closely monitored for any negative side effects from the sedation. It is normal to feel drowsy following your appointment but this feeling will wear off as the day progresses.
You should never drive while under the effects of sedation. Arrange to have a trusted friend or family member bring you to and from your appointment.
Do you experience anxiety surrounding dental appointments? Dental sedation may be right for you. Contact our Fort St. John dentists today to learn more.