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Sedation Dentistry

February 7th, 2022

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is also known as sleep dentistry. The latter is, however, somewhat of a misnomer as not all sedation techniques used in a dental office involve sleep. Even though a patient is awake and conscious in most sedation dentistry techniques, the techniques can reduce feelings of anxiety and unease and induce a calming effect for patients undergoing multiple or long dental procedures.

At Cornerstone we currently offer two sedation techniques: oral sedation and nitrous oxide gas.


Oral Sedation

This type of sedation is considered light sedation. It is an anti-anxiety medication used to reduce the anxious feelings and fears a patient may experience about dental visits and undergoing dental procedures.

This medication is generally taken before a dental appointment so that the patient is sufficiently relaxed by the time they arrive at the dental office.

It is recommended patients taking this medication be accompanied by another individual to ensure they arrive safely at the dentist and return safely home.


Nitrous Oxide Gas

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide gas is considered a moderate sedation. It has no colour or odour and is administered in the dental office. A patient inhales the gas through a nosepiece. It acts quickly and continues to act as long as the patient inhales the gas.

Although the gas does not induce laughing it does induce a relaxed state and helps numb the nerves in the mouth. Some patients relax enough with nitrous oxide alone while others require both laughing gas and oral sedation.


Talk to Your Dentist

Many people experience some level of fear, worry or anxiety when faced with dental visits or the prospect of undergoing a dental procedure. If you are one of these people, speak with your dentist and let them know. Your dentist will discuss sedative options with you and make a recommendation regarding what is best for you.




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