Relax And Get The Care You Need With Dental Sedation

Many patients experience discomfort and anxiety when they visit a dentist. Nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV) sedation are among the most common and effective methods to reduce dental anxiety. Aurora Bayview North Family Dental in Aurora, ON, offers these techniques to alleviate patient anxiety and make complex dental procedures more manageable.

Nitrous Oxide:

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," is a mild sedative widely used in our practice. It's a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen administered through a mask that fits over the nose; the patient inhales this mixture, leading to a calming effect within minutes. The significant advantage of nitrous oxide is its rapid onset and equally rapid recovery time. Patients remain awake and can communicate with our dentist but feel relaxed and less aware of the procedure. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off quickly, allowing patients to drive themselves home after the appointment.

IV Sedation:

IV sedation involves administering sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream through a vein. This method is typically used for more invasive procedures or patients with higher levels of anxiety. Unlike nitrous oxide, IV sedation can induce varying levels of consciousness, from a light, sleepy state to deeper sedation where the patient might not remember the procedure. The onset is quick, and we can adjust the sedation level throughout the procedure. However, it requires more preparation and recovery time, and patients will need someone to escort them home.

Benefits of Dental Sedation:

Both nitrous oxide and IV sedation have made dental care more accessible for patients with dental phobias or those undergoing lengthy procedures. They significantly reduce pain and anxiety, leading to a more pleasant and less stressful dental experience. Furthermore, these sedation methods allow us to perform complex procedures more quickly and efficiently.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, contact us today to learn more about your options. The appropriate sedation method can provide a more positive and more comfortable experience, encouraging regular dental visits and better oral health.

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Contact Aurora Bayview North Family Dental About Sedation Today!

  • Significantly reduce anxiety during procedures
  • Curtail a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have multiple treatments at once
  • Enhance relaxation during treatment
  • Get the care you need for a healthy smile!