In dentistry, sedation is commonly used to help patients relax and manage anxiety during various dental procedures. There are several methods of sedation available, ranging from minimal sedation to deep sedation or general anesthesia. The choice of sedation method depends on the patient's level of anxiety, the complexity of the procedure, and the dentist's judgment. The following are the methods of sedation in dentistry offered at Cole Harbour Dental Centre:

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas): Nitrous oxide, mixed with oxygen, is inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose. This form of sedation produces a relaxed and euphoric feeling, reducing anxiety. Nitrous oxide sedation is mild and wears off quickly, allowing patients to drive themselves home after the procedure.

  • Oral Sedation: This method involves the administration of sedative medications in the form of a pill or liquid. Typically, benzodiazepines such as lorazepam or triazolam are used. Oral sedation induces a deeper level of relaxation, making patients feel drowsy and less aware of the surroundings. While patients may remain conscious, they may have limited memory of the procedure.

After consultation, if it is determined the patient requires more profound sedation, referrals can be made for intravenous (IV) sedation, or deep sedation/general anesthesia. 

It's important to note that the administration of sedation in dentistry requires specific training and certification. Dentists who provide sedation or anesthesia services must adhere to strict safety protocols and continuously monitor patients' vital signs to ensure their well-being during the procedure. Before undergoing any sedation, it's essential to discuss your medical history and any concerns with your dentist to determine the most appropriate sedation method for your specific needs.



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