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Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry

On August 16, 2018

Many patients are nervous about visiting the dentist. At Third Street Dental we understand this, and our professional, experienced, and friendly staff has put in a lot of work to become the most welcoming North Vancouver dentist. Still, to some people, there is something about visiting the dentist that makes them uncomfortable.

Today, there are many options to further help reduce the stress and anxiety that some feel when visiting the dentist. If you are open to it, Sedation dentistry in North Vancouver is one such option. Below are common questions we receive in regards to our sedation dentistry procedures.

Who uses sedation dentistry in North Vancouver?

In short, patients with fear and stress related to their upcoming dental procedure are good candidates for sedation dentistry. Those with a fear of needles or sharp tools, previous dental trauma, or a general anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist often opt for sedation. By using sedation dentistry, more complex procedures can be completed quicker or in fewer visits – meaning an uneasy patient has to spend less time in the place that makes them most anxious!

Are there different types of Sedation Dentistry?

There are several types of Sedation that are used in dentistry. At Third Street Dental, Dr. Andrew Ho provides in-house oral sedation and IV moderate sedation treatment to ensure you are relaxed and pain-free during your dental procedure.

In addition, there are generally four levels of sedation:

  • Minimal Sedation –  where the patient is relaxed but still awake
  • Moderate Sedation – where the patient is still awake but sleepy
  • Deep Sedation – where the patient is barely awake
  • General Anesthesia – the patient is completely unconscious.

The most effective of these four depends entirely on the patient and the procedure.

Is sedation right for me?

Ultimately, this needs to be a conversation between you and your North Vancouver dentist Dr. Andrew Ho. Depending on your past dental experiences, comfort level, the procedure is performed, and your personal risk of side effects of sedation, your dentist will be able to offer personalized advice or suggestions. Sedation dentistry is not for everybody, but it has also enabled many to maintain proper dental hygiene by masking their dental anxiety.

It is not uncommon to be nervous about visiting the dentist. Countless people share that same anxiety, and there are ways to overcome it. At Third Street Dental, we are proud of our effort to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere at our dental office. If you think you may need more help, speak with one of our dental professionals today to see if sedation dentistry is right for you.